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Last updated: 5 August 2020
Datum:dinsdag 8 augustus 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:AirTran Airways
Registratie: N838AT
Constructienummer: 47442/524
Bouwjaar: 1970
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A (HK3)
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 58
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 63
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Greensboro, NC (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Greensboro/High Point-Piedmont Triad International Airport, NC (GSO/KGSO), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 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

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Greensboro/High Point-Piedmont Triad International Airport, NC en Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA bedraagt 489 km (306 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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