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Date:24-AUG-2002
Time:21:36 AST
Type:Silhouette image of generic B763 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 767-300
Owner/operator:Delta Airlines
Registration: N178DL
C/n / msn: 25143/349
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 206
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Ezeiza International Airport, Ezeiza Partido, Buenos Aires -   Argentina
Phase: Pushback / towing
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ezeiza Airport, Buenos Aires (EZE/SAEZ)
Destination airport:Atlanta, Georgia (ATL/KATL)
Narrative:
On August 24, 2002, about 21:36 AST (Atlantic Standard Time) a Boeing 767-332ER, N178DN, registered to and operated by Delta Air Lines, as a Title 14 CFR Part 121 international passenger flight, had a fuel spill in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while the flight was preparing to depart to Atlanta, Georgia. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The airline transport-rated pilot, 11 crew members and 195 passengers were not injured, and the airplane was not damaged. The flight was originating at the time of the incident.

According to an official with the Government of Argentina, the airplane had just pushed back from the gate, and the flight crew had started the No. 1 engine, and when they tried to start the No. 2 engine a fuel line associated with the No. 2 engine failed and spilled about 1,400 pounds of fuel in 10 minutes.

Examination of the aircraft revealed that a nut assembly forward of the right engine pylon front spar had failed and had produced the fuel leak. There was evidence of fatigue from multiple origination points in the nut coupling, as well as the presence of ratchet marks on the fracture surface of the nut. The failed nut showed uneven wear on the severed nut piece, as well as in the internal ring of the nut, consistent with either the nut, or the fuel line having been misaligned. The thread condition showed no evidence of an over torqued or misthreaded condition, however the O-rings showed evidence of degradation.

Sources:

1. http://www.jiaac.gob.ar/files/pdf/Bol33.pdf
2. NTSB Identification: MIA02WA176 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20021010X05313&ntsbno=MIA02WA176&akey=1
3. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=178DL
4. http://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-b767-25143.htm

Boeing 767-332ER N178DN at Frankfurt, Germany 28-12-2008: Boeing 767-332(ER) Delta Air Lines N178DN, FRA Frankfurt (Rhein-Main), Germany PP1230555277

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Jun-2016 20:49 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]

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