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DC10, Newburgh NY USA, 1996

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On 5 September 1996, a DC10 operated by Fedex, was destroyed by fire shortly after landing at Newburgh, USA, following a fire in the cargo compartment.
Event Details
When September 1996
Actual or Potential
Event Type
Fire Smoke and Fumes
Day/Night Day
Flight Conditions On Ground - Normal Visibility
Flight Details
Operator FedEx Express
Domicile United States
Type of Flight Public Transport (Cargo)
Origin Memphis
Intended Destination Boston/Logan International
Actual Destination Newburgh
Take off Commenced Yes
Flight Airborne Yes
Flight Completed No
Flight Phase Landing
Location - Airport
Airport Newburgh
Tag(s) Inadequate Aircraft Operator Procedures
Tag(s) Dangerous Goods
Tag(s) RFFS Procedures
Tag(s) Flight Crew Evacuation Command
Damage or injury Yes
Aircraft damage Hull loss
Injuries Many occupants
Fatalities None"None" is not in the list (Few occupants, Many occupants, Most or all occupants) of allowed values for the "Fatalities" property. ()
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s) Aircraft Operation
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s) Aircraft Operation,
Aircraft Airworthiness,
Airport Management
Investigation Type
Type Independent


On 5th September 1996, a MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-10 operated by Fedex, was destroyed by fire shortly after landing at Newburgh, USA, following a fire in the cargo compartment.


The following is an extract from the Executive Summary of the National Transportation Safety Board (USA) (NTSB) report into this accident:

"…on September 5, 1996, a Douglas DC-10-10CF, N68055, operated by the Federal Express Corporation as flight 1406, made an emergency landing at Stewart International Airport, Newburgh, New York, after the flightcrew determined that there was smoke in the cabin cargo compartment….Three crewmembers and two nonrevenue passengers were aboard the airplane. The captain and flight engineer sustained minor injuries while evacuating the airplane. The airplane was destroyed by fire after the landing. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was an in-flight cargo fire of undetermined origin. Safety issues discussed…include flightcrew performance of emergency procedures, undeclared hazardous materials in transportation, dissemination of hazardous materials information, airport emergency response, and adequacy of aircraft interior firefighting methods…"

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