FedEx Flight 910 in Fort Lauderdale FL Video
A FedEx cargo plane caught fire on the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on October 28, 2016.
FedEx Express Flight 910, an aged McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F flying from Memphis International Airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, was involved in a runway incident after a landing gear collapse resulting in a fire that completely destroyed the left engine and wing. At 1:30 min/secs into the video a panel blows from the top of the wing. At 2:17 min/secs the two unharmed pilots can be seen on foot after escaping by rope through the First Officer's window on the right side of the cockpit. (Click the expand "FULL SCREEN" icon in lower right corner of frame to watch much larger image).
FedEx Flight 910 in Fort Lauderdale FL ATC Audio
The accident aircraft was a McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10(F) and was equipped with 3 General Electric CF6-6D engine(s). It first flew in 1972 as a Douglas DC-10, however in 1997 it was converted to an MD-10(F) for FedEx and was registered under the company as "N370FE". At the time of the accident the aircraft was 44 years old.
Air Accident/Incident Overview:
On the 28th of October, 2016, FedEx Flight 910, flying from Memphis International Airport Memphis, Tennessee was preparing to land on runway 10L at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Upon touch down the left main gear of the aircraft collapsed. The left wing and left hand engine or engine number 1, severed and fire erupted in that area causing extensive damage to the aircraft. The two pilots, who were the only ones on board at the time of the accident managed to stop the aircraft at 1934 meters or 6345 feet down the runway. Emergency services were quickly alerted and responded to scene immediately, meanwhile Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport closed all the active runway(s). Both pilots survived and were not injured during the accident.
The incident is currently been investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). 30 days after the accident the NTSB will release a preliminary report.
NTSB Final Report on FedEx Flight 910
NTSB Issues Investigative Update for Fort Lauderdale MD-10-10F Gear Collapse, Fire
WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board issued an investigative update Tuesday as part of the agency’s ongoing investigation of a Boeing MD-10 landing gear failure accident in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Both events happened in late October.
FedEx Express MD-10 Landing Gear Failure
FedEx Express flight 910, a Boeing MD-10-10F (registration N370FE) experienced a left main landing gear collapse and subsequent fire in the left wing after landing on Runway 10L at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Oct. 28, about 5:51 p.m. EDT. The airplane came to rest on the side of Runway 10L. The two flight crew members evacuated the airplane via the cockpit window and were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The cargo flight originated from Memphis International Airport, Memphis, Tennessee.
Initial findings include the following:
The airplane was manufactured in 1972 and configured for passenger service. It was converted to a DC-10-10F freighter in 1999 and further modified to an MD-10-10F in 2003. It had accumulated 84,589 total flight hours with 35,606 total flight cycles at the time of the accident.
Investigators retrieved the flight data and cockpit voice recorders shortly after arriving on scene. The recorders were transported to the NTSB recorders lab for download. Both recorders contained good quality data. The CVR Group convened last week at the NTSB recorders lab and completed a draft transcription of the event’s audio recording.
Preliminary information from the flight data recorder indicates the airplane’s touchdown appeared normal and the airplane rolled on the runway for about 12 seconds before the left main landing gear collapsed.
After the left gear collapsed, the left engine and left wingtip contacted and scraped the runway, rupturing fuel lines and the left wing fuel tank. Fuel from the left wing ignited as the airplane rolled down the runway. The fire continued to burn after the airplane came to rest, resulting in fire damage to the left wing. The fire was extinguished by airport fire and rescue personnel.
The NTSB, with assistance from investigative party members and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport personnel, documented runway damage and debris on the runway. The first damage to the runway occurred about 3,750 feet from the runway 10L threshold. The airplane came to rest about 6,600 feet from the threshold.
Both flight crew members were interviewed in the days following the accident. They reported a stabilized approach to the airport and no anomalies with the gear retraction or extension during the accident flight.
Investigators completed the examination of the airplane and identified several parts of the left main landing gear for further examination. Those parts were transported to the NTSB lab for metallurgical examinations focusing on detailed characterization of the left main landing gear fracture surfaces.
The NTSB team completed their on-scene work and will continue further examinations of recovered parts and recorded information at the NTSB laboratories in Washington. The FAA, FedEx Express, the Air Line Pilots Association, and Boeing are parties to the investigation.
The investigation dockets for each event, containing factual group reports and other investigation-related material, will be opened at a future date. Additional information will be released as warranted.
Peter Knudson / Media Relations Division
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