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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 3 May 1991
Time:05:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-22QC
Operator:Ryan Airlines
Registration: N425EX
C/n / msn: 19095/302
First flight: 1966-08-09 (24 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:46981
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hartford-Bradley International Airport, CT (BDL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport, CT (BDL/KBDL), United States of America
Destination airport:Boston-Logan International Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS), United States of America
Narrative:
Takeoff was aborted when the no. 3 engine had suffered an uncontained failure. The aircraft burned out.
It appeared that the 9th stage HP compressor disk had ruptured. Debris penetrated fuel, oil and hydraulic lines, causing a fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A catastrophic and uncontained failure of the no.3 engine which resulted in a fuel fed fire."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Accident number: NYC91FA125
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 24.06.1991 (68)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/94 (#18)
» NTSB
» Scramble Vol.13, nr.03


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport, CT to Boston-Logan International Airport, MA as the crow flies is 145 km (91 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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