Related Accidents / Incidents

United Airlines Flight 227, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 11, 1965, Boeing 727

As a result of a high descent rate on final approach, and late pilot action to arrest the descent rate, the airplane landed hard, short of the runway, resulting in the failure of the main landing gear and aft fuselage, and causing a failure of high pressure fuel lines in the fuselage. The resulting uncontrolled fuel leak ignited due to electrical and/or fuselage sparking. The high pressure fuel leak continued to feed the fire, and fatalities among passengers and crew resulted, due to the fire, and difficulties during the evacuation.

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Overseas National Airlines Flight 32, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, November 12, 1975, McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-30

During takeoff roll, the right engine suffered an uncontained failure resulting in a fuel-fed fire in the engine. The takeoff was aborted, but the airplane overran the runway and burned, largely due to pooled fuel around the airplane. All passengers and crew successfully evacuated the airplane, and there were no fatalities.

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China Airlines Flight CI 120, Okinawa, Japan, August 20, 2007, Boeing 737-800

Following landing, while chocking the airplane with the engines still running, the ground crew noted a large fuel leak from around the number 2 engine. The fuel leak ignited and consumed the airplane. The fuel leak was caused by a failure in the leading edge slat system, that occurred while retracting flaps during taxi. The airplane was destroyed, but no fatalities resulted.

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(Incident) United Airlines, N4714U, Honolulu, Hawaii, November 16, 1984, Boeing Model 747-100

During takeoff roll, the No. 7 tire exploded due to a wheel bearing failure. A tire fragment penetrated a fuel tank access panel on the right wing. Large quantities of fuel were spilled but never ignited. The airplane was evacuated, with some serious injuries, but no fatalities. The ability of a relatively low speed tire failure fragment to penetrate any part of the wing should have been recognized as a potentially hazardous condition.

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