Accident Board Findings

The NTSB determined that the probable cause of this accident was the disintegration of, and subsequent fire in, the number 3 engine following ingestion of multiple gulls.
The NTSB identified 20 findings for this accident in report NTSB-AAR-76-19. The findings addressed the following topics:

  • The bird strike and damage to the engine
  • The difficulties of stopping the engine because of loss of tire, hydraulic system, and other systems
  • The use of flammable material and release of fuel into the fire
  • Certification of the CF6-6 engine and the bird ingestion guidelines used
  • Bird control system used at JFK

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