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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-73-053
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 22, 1973, NATURAL GAS LIQUIDS LEAKED FROM A RUPTURED 10-INCH PIPELINE AT A PUMP STATION IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, FLOWED INTO DITCHES ALONGSIDE A ROAD ADJACENT TO THE STATION, AND VAPORIZED. A DODGE VAN DROVE INTO THE VAPOR-RICH ZONE AND STALLED. WHEN THE DRIVER ATTEMPTED TO RESTART THE ENGINE, THE VAPOR IGNITED, AND THE DRIVER AND SEVEN PASSENGERS WERE ENGULFED IN FLAMES. SIX OF THESE PERSONS DIED AND TWO WERE CRITICALLY BURNED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE PHILLIPS PIPE LINE COMPANY: INSTRUCT ITS PIPELINE MAINTENANCE CREW ON THE IMPORTANCE AND NECESSITY OF PROPER POSITIONING OF WELDED REINFORCEMENT SLEEVES TO MINIMIZE THE CHANCE OF STRESS CONCENTRATION ON THE CARRIER PIPE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Austin, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80284
Accident Reports:
Phillips Pipeline Company, Natural Gas Liquids Fire
Report #: PAR-73-04
Accident Date: 2/22/1973
Issue Date: 11/13/1973
Date Closed: 7/20/1976
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Phillips Petroleum Company (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: Phillips Petroleum Company
To: NTSB
Date: 8/28/1974
Response: LETTER FROM PHILLIPS PIPE LINE COMPANY: MAINTENANCE CREWS HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED ON THE IMPORTANCE AND NECESSITY OF PROPER POSITIONING OF WELDED REINFORCEMENT SLEEVES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REVISION IN THE MAINTENANCE OPERATING MANUAL.