NTSB Updates MD-83 Rejected Takeoff, Runway Excursion Investigation

The NTSB says that no further updates are planned for the Ameristar Air Cargo Flight 9363 investigation.

The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) has issued an investigative update regarding the March 8, 2017, rejected takeoff and runway excursion at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, involving Ameristar Air Cargo Flight 9363. After the Boeing MD-83 came to rest roughly 1,000 feet past the end of runway 23L, all 109 passengers and 7 crew members evacuated the aircraft using escape slides. One passenger received a minor injury during the evacuation.

The NTSB notes that the update neither provides probable cause for the accident nor contains any analysis of the information the agency has collected in their investigation up to this point. Because of this, they say that no conclusions regarding the cause of the incident should be made based on this preliminary information.

Updated Details Regarding Ameristar Air Cargo Flight 9363

The agency has provided the following facts from the investigation to serve as an investigative update:

Image courtesy of the NTSB. The yellow arrow highlights the displaced inboard elevator geared tab linkage. The red piece of metal is for reference purposes only and is not part of the elevator system.

The NTSB says that no further updates are planned for the investigation and that the docket for the investigation will be opened to the public before the release of the final report. The agency notes that investigations generally take between 12 to 18 months to complete. For those interested, the preliminary report is available online.

Featured Image courtesy of Adam Moreira, CC BY-SA 4.0. Note: this is a photograph of the actual airplane involved in the incident, roughly one year prior to the incident.


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