Event Details

Title:In-Flight Fire And Impact with Terrain, Valujet Airlines Flight 592, DC-9-32, N904VJ, Everglades, Near Miami, Florida, May 11, 1996
Micro summary:This DC-9-32 crashed into the Everglades shortly after takeoff, due to an in-flight fire and smoke emergency.
Event Time:1996-05-11 at 1413:42 EDT
File Name:1996-05-11-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB/AAR-97/06
Site of event:Everglades
Latitude/Longitude:N25į55' W080į35'
Departure:Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida, USA
Destination:William B. Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Airplane Type(s):Douglas DC-9-32
Flight Phase:Climb
Operator(s):Valujet Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:Abstract: This report explains the in-flight fire and impact with terrain of ValuJet Airlines flight 592, a DC-9-32, N904VJ, in the Everglades near Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1996. Safety issues discussed in the report include minimization of the hazards posed by fires in class D cargo compartments; equipment, training, and procedures for addressing in-flight smoke and fire aboard air carrier airplanes; guidance for handling of chemical oxygen generators and other hazardous aircraft components; SabreTechís and ValuJetís procedures for handling company materials and hazardous materials; ValuJetís oversight of its contract heavy maintenance facilities; the Federal Aviation Administrationís (FAA) oversight of ValuJet and ValuJetís contract maintenance facilities; FAAís and the Research and Special Programs Administrationís (RSPA) hazardous materials program and undeclared hazardous materials in the U.S. mail; and ValuJetís procedures for boarding and accounting for lap children. Safety recommendations concerning these issues were made to the FAA, RSPA, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Air Transport Association.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY On May 11, 1996, at 1413:42 eastern daylight time, a Douglas DC-9-32 crashed into the Everglades about 10 minutes after takeoff from Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida. The airplane, N904VJ, was being operated by ValuJet Airlines, Inc., as flight 592. Both pilots, the three flight attendants, and all 105 passengers were killed. Visual meteorological conditions existed in the Miami area at the time of the takeoff. Flight 592, operating under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 121, was on an instrument flight rules flight plan destined for the William B. Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia.

Learning Keywords:Operations - Cabin or Cockpit Smoke
Operations - Smoke Events of Particular interest
Operations - Cargo - Fire or alarm
Operations - Cargo - Hazmat
Operations - Uncontrolled Flight into Terrain
Other - Boeing 737 In-flight upsets
Consequence - Hull Loss
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