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Last updated: 4 August 2020
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 8 août 2000
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Compagnie:AirTran Airways
Immatriculation: N838AT
Numéro de série: 47442/524
Année de Fabrication: 1970
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A (HK3)
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 58
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 63
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Greensboro, NC (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Greensboro/High Point-Piedmont Triad International Airport, NC (GSO/KGSO), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 913
A smell of smoke was noticed on the flightdeck shortly after takeoff from Greensboro. The crew immediately donned oxygen masks and smoke goggles.
At an altitude of 7,000 feet and 15 miles south of Greensboro, the pilot radioed the airport's tower about their problems. The smoke became very dense and restricted the crew's ability to see both the cockpit instruments and the visual references outside the airplane. The cabin crew noticed a smell of smoke, followed by a visual sighting of smoke and sparks in the area of the forward flight attendant jumpseat. The flight crew was able to identify the Greensboro airport and make a successful emergency landing. The airplane was immediately stopped, and an emergency evacuation was conducted on a taxiway. The Board's initial investigation found extensive heat damage to wires and insulation in the electrical panel behind the captain's seat. The heat was sufficient to blister the primer on the fuselage crown skin. Four crew members received minor injuries from smoke inhalation in-flight and one passenger received a minor injury during the evacuation. The airplane was substantially damaged from the effects of fire, heat, and smoke.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A phase-to-phase arc in the left heat exchanger cooling fan relay, which ignited the surrounding wire insulation and other combustible materials within the electrical power center panel. Contributing to the left heat exchanger fan relay malfunction was the unauthorized repair that was not to the manufacturer's standards and the circuit breakers' failure to recognize an arc-fault."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 9 months
Accident number: DCA00MA079
Download report: Summary report



photo of DC-9-32-N938VV
accident date: 08-08-2000
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
registration: N938VV

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Greensboro/High Point-Piedmont Triad International Airport, NC et Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA est de 489 km (306 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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