TACA

TACA Tuesday May 24, 1988
The aircraft encountered heavy rain and hail which resulted in flame-out of both engines. Attempts to restart engines were unsuccessful. The aircraft landed safely in a grassy field between a drainage ditch and levee with no power. Water ingestion due to heavy rain from a level 4 thunderstorm caused failure of both engines. A contributing cause of the incident was the inadequate design of the engines and the FAA water ingestion certification standards which did not reflect the waterfall rates that can be expected in moderate or higher intensity thunderstorms.

Crash Details

DateTuesday May 24, 1988
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
Passengers38
Crew7
Fatalities0
Survivors45
Aircraft TypeBoeing B-737-3T0
OperatorTACA
RegistrationN75356
Flight OriginBelize City, Belize
Flight Destination New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, Louisiana
TACA
Boeing B-737-3T0
1988