Events and developments related to the crash of ValuJet Flight 592
June 17, 1996
Web posted at: 7:50 p.m. EDT
- ValuJet Flight 592, a DC-9, crashes into the Florida Everglades at approximately 2:15 p.m. EDT, killing all 110 people on board
- ValuJet in the middle of 120-day FAA safety review; FAA says airline is safe; records show eight recent aborted takeoffs or unscheduled landings; search for survivors of Flight 592 called off.
- Divers find the plane's flight data recorder; ValuJet stock loses 20 percent of its value; largest piece of wreckage found so far only 8 feet long.
- NTSB says, "There could have been an explosion," flight was carrying several dozen oxygen generators; preliminary flight data recorder data shows flight plummeted 7,500 feet in 40 seconds; searchers find no body parts larger than a knee.
- Victims' families hold memorial service at crash site; FAA says ValuJet not authorized to carry oxygen generators.
- FAA study says ValuJet more prone to accidents than almost all other airlines; plane's two engines recovered, show no signs of fire; oxygen generators mislabeled as empty, NTSB calls them "issue number one."
- ValuJet cuts its flights in half; NTSB says less than 10 percent of plane parts have been found.
- CNN learns mechanics found electrical problem in cockpit area of plane hours before the crash.
- NTSB says more wreckage shows evidence of fire; searchers use radar for the first time to map crash site.
- Search suspended because of stormy weather.
- Divers enter crash crater for the first time, report, "There's no plane left," just pieces.
- Investigators bring in a backhoe to dredge crash site; memorial service held in Atlanta, ValuJet's home city.
- Department of Transportation bans oxygen canisters as cargo on passenger planes.
- Remains of eight victims identified; only 20 percent of human remains recovered overall.
- Cockpit voice recorder and two oxygen generators are recovered; experts say steering cables may have been damaged by fire, causing pilot to lose control of plane; hand search of crash site ends.
- Cockpit voice recorder reveals crew was made aware of fire in passenger cabin six minutes into the flight, passengers were having trouble getting oxygen.
- Heavy rain delays dredging of crash site.
- Investigators recover six boat-loads of plane parts.
- NTSB releases more details from cockpit voice recorder, crew heard an unidentified noise six minutes after leaving Miami, shortly afterward fire is reported; three ValuJet shareholders sue the airline claiming they were misled about safety.
- Recovery workers begin using heavy equipment including a backhoe; remains of 24 victims identified so far.
- Search divers find a crater within the main crash site that might contain major plane parts and human remains; salvage worker is charged with stealing airplane parts from crash site.
- Divers not allowed into crash crater because of biohazard conditions caused by decaying body parts; ValuJet offers unpaid, temporary leaves to employees to save money.
- Crucial fragments from the DC-9's main circuit breaker panel are recovered; more soot-covered oxygen generators recovered; investigator tells CNN evidence points to a major fire that started in the cargo bay and quickly spread to the passenger cabin; 70 percent of the plane's remains recovered so far.
- NTSB says crash probably caused by "intense in- flight fire," possibly started in cargo area; search for wreckage called off, 75 percent of plane recovered; remains of bodies of 36 people identified; crash site to be closed to public for 90 days.
- FAA report prepared before the crash says ValuJet had "ineffective (maintenance) control and procedures."
- Families of three victims ask FAA to ground ValuJet, claiming airline poses a threat to passengers.
- FAA grounds ValuJet citing "serious" maintenance deficiencies; ValuJet stock suspends trading on Nasdaq.
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