Allegiant MD83 at Saint Petersburg on Jun 8th 2015, odour of electrical burning smoke

Last Update: April 9, 2016 / 20:54:10 GMT/Zulu time

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Jun 8, 2015


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An Allegiant McDonnell Douglas MD-83, registration N869GA performing flight G4-864 from Saint Petersburg,FL to Hagerstown,MD (USA) with 141 passengers and 6 crew, was in the initial climb out of Saint Petersburg's runway 36R when the crew reported an odour of smoke, electrical burning, stopped the climb at 5000 feet and returned to Saint Petersburg for a safe landing on runway 36R about 13 minutes after departure, vacated the runway onto taxiway A and stopped clear of the runway requesting emergency services to check the aircraft out. Emergency services reported smoke under the wing, in response the crew decided to evacuate the aircraft about 3 minutes after vacating the runway. 3 passengers and a flight attendant received minor injuries in the evacuation and were taken to hospitals.

On Apr 9th 2016 the NTSB released their final report concluding the probable cause of the accident was:

evacuation of the aircraft due to reported, but unverified, aircraft condition and poor communication between Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting personnel and the flight crew.

The NTSB reported the flight attendants reported a smell of burning rubber after departure prompting the flight crew to return to Saint Peterburg. Two emergency vehicles (ARFF) met the aircraft as it stopped on the taxiway.

The NTSB then stated: "The captain communicated with ARFF personnel over Air Traffic Control (ATC) ground control frequency. According to statements, the ARFF Lieutenant advised that there was smoke coming from the #1 engine and requested that the crew shut down the engine so they could examine the airplane. The firefighter in ARFF vehicle 3 stated that while the Lieutenant was outside the vehicle examining the airplane, the flight crew reported their intent to evacuate the airplane and the firefighter advised the crew to hold off on the evacuation while he contacted the Lieutenant. According to flight crew statements, the crew asked for verification of this request three times without hearing a response. Flight crew statements indicated the flight deck crew did not communicate with the cabin crew during this time to assess the conditions in the cabin. The crew stated that they believed the delay in receivingresponse to their radio calls indicated ARFF personnel were busy addressing a safety concern and after hearing no further transmissions, the crew completed the evacuation checklist and advised passengers and cabin crew to proceed with evacuation. During the evacuation, one passenger sustained a serious injury (fractured wrist) and six passengers and one cabin crew member received minor injuries. Although ARFF and the flight deck crew established a direct line of communication, they lacked prompt, clear, and concise communication."
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