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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-18-006
Synopsis: On October 28, 2016, about 1432 central daylight time, American Airlines flight 383, a Boeing 767-323, N345AN, had started its takeoff ground roll at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, when an uncontained engine failure and subsequent fire occurred. The flight crew aborted the takeoff and stopped the airplane on the runway, and the flight attendants initiated an emergency evacuation. Of the 2 flight crewmembers, 7 flight attendants, and 161 passengers on board, 1 passenger received a serious injury, and 1 flight attendant and 19 passengers received minor injuries during the evacuation. The airplane was substantially damaged from the fire. The airplane was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: When approving the operating procedures of a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 air carrier, require operators to develop and/or revise emergency checklist procedures for an engine fire on the ground to expeditiously address the fire hazard without unnecessarily delaying an evacuation.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Aviation
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA17FA021
Accident Reports: ​Uncontained Engine Failure and Subsequent Fire American Airlines Flight 383 Boeing 767-323, N345AN
Report #: AAR-18-01
Accident Date: 10/28/2016
Issue Date: 2/6/2018
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Open - Acceptable Response)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 6/6/2018
Response: We issued this recommendation because of our American Airlines flight 383 accident investigation finding that engine fire checklists that specifically address ground operations would allow a flight crew to secure an engine and command an evacuation, if required, in a more timely manner than engine fire checklists that do not differentiate between ground and in flight operations. Although we are not aware of the issues in your letter, we note that you believe that this recommendation requires considerable evaluation to address its scope, and you plan to evaluate it to determine an appropriate response. Pending completion of the recommended action, Safety Recommendation A-18-6 is classified OPEN--ACCETPABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
Date: 4/26/2018
Response: -From Daniel K. Elwell, Acting Administrator: The FAA recognizes the potential for continuing examination of emergency procedures in order to address and improve responses. This particular recommendation, however, requires considerable evaluation in order to address the scope of the recommendation. We will evaluate this recommendation to determine an appropriate course of action.

From: NTSB
Date: 2/6/2018
Response: On January 30, 2018, the NTSB adopted its report Uncontained Engine Failure and Subsequent Fire, American Airlines Flight 383, Boeing 767-323, N345AN, Chicago, Illinois, October 28, 2016, AAR1801. The details of this accident investigation and the resulting safety recommendations may be found in the attached report, which can also be accessed at Among the Safety Recommendations seven are issued to Federal Aviation Administration, which can be found on page 77 of the report. The NTSB is vitally interested in these recommendations because they are designed to prevent accidents and save lives. We would appreciate a response within 90 days, detailing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement these recommendations. When replying, please refer to the safety recommendations by number.