St. Louis Public Radio News
5:33 am
Tue April 7, 2009

NTSB blames American Airlines for plane fire at Lambert

Washington, D.C. – Safety officials are blaming poor oversight by
American Airlines of aircraft maintenance for an engine fire in
2007 that forced an emergency landing.

The findings, by the National Transportation Safety Board, come
as the airline faces heightened scrutiny by the Federal Aviation
Administration. The agency recently assigned a special team of 17
inspectors to examine American's aircraft maintenance and other
operations. The special audit is expected to take about three
months.

The NTSB conducted a hearing on Tuesday to investigate the Sept.
28, 2007 incident in which American Flight 1400's left engine
caught fire during a departure climb from Lambert-St. Louis
International Airport.