Accident Boeing 727-214 N785AT,
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Date:Wednesday 13 January 1999
Time:17:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 727-214
Owner/operator:American Trans Air
Registration: N785AT
MSN: 21691/1480
Year of manufacture:1979
Total airframe hrs:51818 hours
Engine model:Continental%20GTSIO-520-H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 161
Aircraft damage: None
Location:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA) -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:(KLGA)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The ground handler attempted to close the cargo door of the parked Boeing 727, in preparation for its departure. She released the support strut, the door fell down, and the strut penetrated her hand. About 3 weeks prior to the accident, the cargo door was reported as 'heavy to open.' Corrective action consisted of re-securing the forward counterbalance hinge. About a month after the accident, the cargo door was reported as, 'heavy when opening.' Corrective action at that time was: 'Adjusted cable tension on fwd balance.'

Probable Cause: Inadequate counterbalancing to compensate for the weight of the cargo door.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC99LA235
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
9 February 1992 N752US USAir 0 San Juan min


Revision history:

26-Nov-2017 09:39 ASN Update Bot Added
08-Apr-2024 10:43 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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