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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-18-007
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: Develop and issue guidance to all air carriers that conduct passenger-carrying operations under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 regarding (1) discussing this accident during recurrent flight attendant training to emphasize the importance of effectively assessing door and overwing exits during an unusual or emergency situation and (2) providing techniques for identifying conditions that would preclude opening exits, including an operating engine.
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 note that you plan to review your passenger evacuation training guidance for all crewmembers, and that you also plan to select a means to supplement your guidance by publishing information in an information for operators (InFO) bulletin or a safety alert for operators (SAFO). When we issued this recommendation, we noted that a SAFO could be an effective means of conveying the recommended information to affected Part 121 carriers. Pending issuance of a SAFO or an InFO with the recommended information, Safety Recommendation A-18-7 is classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
Date: 4/26/2018
Response: -From Daniel K. Elwell, Acting Administrator: The FAA will review our guidance concerning passenger evacuation training for all crewmembers, whether cabin or cockpit. We will also select a means to supplement our guidance by publishing information that we believe best supports enhanced training and awareness. This may result in the publication of an Information to Operators or a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO).

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.