There are no decisions to salvage the aircraft, although Williams said the NTSB is considering raising the tail sections of the plane, where the suspect trim stabilizer is located. Also, the ships’ sonar is being used to produce a detailed map of the debris field, possibly offering clues about what happened to the plane and pave the way for salvage efforts, Brown said. 1611:43 CAM-2 whatever we did is no good, don't do that again. 1616:20 CAM-2 yea uh I'll tell em to uh--- Hands clenching my headphones, I listened to the crew talk among themselves, with airline dispatch and to air traffic controllers in an attempt to keep the airplane “kinda stabilized” as they put it. air's thin enough that that you know what I'm sayin? 1609:33 CAM-1 no no you gotta release it ya gotta release it. we slowed down, lets slow it lets get down to two hundred knots and 1550:54.4 RDO-1 well a lotta times its windy and rainy and wet in San 1602:09 CAM-2 if they get one down there. The plane bound for Seattle carrying 140 passengers and five crew members returned safely to Reno. 1552:02 SEA-DIS two sixty one dispatch... uh current San Francisco weather thirty six five one one point eight, CG eleven point eight. 1555:55 LAX-CTR1 * In July 1988, the airline no longer used a flight hour limit rather it based C-checks on calendar time only so that the end play check was being performed every 26 months. 1619:29 CAM-1 ok gimme sl--- see, this is a bitch. 1618:04 CAM-2 try flaps? 1619:11 CAM-1 yea. 1606:26 CAM-1 no… that's what I was expecting them to do. and it ran away full nose trim down. They wished to avoid the mistakes made by Trans World Airlines in the aftermath of the TWA Flight 800 accident; in other words, to provide timely information and compassion to the families of the victims. with difficulty. Alaska flight 261 departed Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at 1:37 pm on January 31, 2000 destined for San Francisco. Alaska Airlines' maintenance and inspection of its horizontal stabilizer activation system was poorly conceived and woefully executed. two sixty one I didn't hear your response. see you… and I've misplaced the paperwork here. “These are human beings we are talking about, and we try to treat them with respect and dignity.”. see if we can stab it when it's unloaded. The failure was compounded by poor oversight... Had any of the managers, mechanics, inspectors, supervisors or FAA overseers whose job it was to protect this mechanism done their job conscientiously, this accident cannot happen... NTSB has made several specific maintenance recommendations, some already accomplished, that will, if followed, prevent the recurrence of this particular accident. 1618:37 CAM-2 that gives us... twelve thousand pounds of fuel, don't stabilized. The green grease did appear to be more “wet” to me. [6] 32 passengers were traveling to San Francisco; three were bound for Eugene, Oregon; and three passengers were headed for Fairbanks, Alaska. 1603:48 CAM-2 I got it. stabilizer of Alaska Airlines flight 261. I don't like goin this fast though. Unfortunately, these components that I needed to examine were laying under 200 feet of water. "[14] Although the CVR captured the co-pilot saying "mayday", no radio communications were received from the flight crew during the final event. A few seconds before 16:22 (00:22 UTC), Flight 261 impacted the Pacific Ocean at high speed about 14 miles (23 kilometers; 12 nautical miles) offshore, between the coastal city of Port Hueneme, California, and Anacapa Island. 1611:21 LAX-CTR1 Alaska two sixty one maintain block altitude flight [1] The NTSB noted that in July 2001, an FAA panel determined that Alaska Airlines had corrected the previously identified deficiencies. 1607:59 LAX-MX-1 yea did you try the suitcase handles and the pickle [1]:xii On January 31, 2000, the aircraft operating the route, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, crashed into the Pacific Ocean roughly 2.7 miles (4.3 km; 2.3 nmi) north of Anacapa Island, California, following a catastrophic loss of pitch control. better from LA--- 1613:57 CAM-1 ok you got * [sound similar to short interruption in recording] They had been completely worn and stripped out leaving only the “slinky” (see images 5 and 6). While the CVR captured only the last half-hour of the flight, the flight data recorder (FDR) had hundreds of parameters from the entire flight. 1612:32.0 RDO-1 ok we did--- Endorsements. 1558:05 SEA-DIS ok two sixty one dispatch copied that, if you can now 1602:57 CAM-2 I thought they…. zero fuel weight--- CAM Cockpit area microphone voice or sound source flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. uh, twenty and twenty five? 1551:50 RDO-2 * there's two people on the frequency I'm sorry Alaska 1612:20 CAM-1 yea... well we'll wait ok you got it for a second? one five one one decimal eight? 1611:50 CAM-1 yea yea we're in much worse shape now. To evaluate what role grease played in the accelerated wear of the jackscrew, the NTSB formed a “Grease Group” and conducted standardized tests on both Aeroshell 33 and Mobilgrease 28. 1618:02 CAM-2 really? uh, my plan is we're gonna continue as if going to San Francisco get The procedure involves pulling down on the stabilizer by applying torque to a Boeing “restraining fixture” — essentially a turnbuckle used to change the load on the jackscrew crew from tension to compression. 1557:16 SEA-DIS ok two sixty one that'll uh that'll mean L A X then 1555:20 CAM-1 and actually it doesn't matter that much to us. The aircraft leveled off at the assigned altitude of 31,000 feet. International Last Wednesday, Navy ships began arriving at the crash site, bringing sophisticated sonar equipment and deep-diving submersibles to aid in the underwater investigation. The same equipment used in the recovery of the so-called black boxes last week is also being used to retrieve human remains, which are being brought ashore to Port Hueneme Harbor aboard salvage vessels. 1604:58 RDO-2 one three six five one one point eight. Alaska 261 departed from Puerto Vallarta at 13:37 PST (21:37 UTC), and climbed to its intended cruising altitude of flight level 310 (31,000 feet or 9,400 meters). [1] Also included was a recommendation that pilots were to be instructed that in the event of a flight control system malfunction they should not attempt corrective procedures beyond those specified in the checklist procedures, and in particular in the event of a horizontal stabilizer trim control system malfunction the primary and alternate trim motors should not be activated, and if unable to correct the problem through the checklists they should land at the nearest suitable airport.[1]. Like the end play check intervals, Alaska Airlines received FAA permission to extend their jackscrew lubrication intervals four times from 1987 to 1996 with no supporting data. The airline continued to assess its own safety culture and leadership through the years in what became an obsession to improve safety. The stop nut was not designed to hold the aerodynamic tail loads. Alaska Airlines Flight 261 was a scheduled international passenger flight on January 31, 2000 from Lic. The plane was scheduled to land at San Francisco International Airport. day. The CEO of Alaska Airlines, Brad Tilden, joined them and read a public apology to the families on behalf of the airline. 1619:01 CAM-1 it's on the stop now, its on the stop. The absence on the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 of a fail-safe mechanism to prevent the catastrophic effects of total acme nut loss. better start that now cause we are comin to you. 1554:26 CAM-2 well lets confirm the route of flight its uh, I wasn't 1551:36 SEA-MX ok uh two sixty one standby for dispatch. C. SUMMARY On January 31, 2000, at about 1621 Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaska Air- lines flight 261, a Boeing MD-83, N963AS, crashed approximately 2.69 miles north of Anacapa Island, California into the Pacific Ocean. 1620:18 CAM-2 I can't reach it. and the Federal Aviation Administration.s (FAA) approval of that extension, went forward? over boost them. ahead. I just that's something that oughta be in Examination of the jackscrew and acme nut revealed that no effective lubrication was present on these components at the time of the accident. 1554:32 CAM-1 Tijuana Oceanside... Oceanside right... then Santa Catalina. 1609:24 CAM-2 what are you doin? "[14][15] The aircraft was destroyed by the impact forces, and all occupants on board were killed by blunt force impact trauma. 1558:15 RDO-1 ok well ah if you'll let them know we're comin here I'll In another incident last Wednesday, an American Airlines MD-83 en route from Phoenix to Dallas-Fort Worth returned to Phoenix after a switch appeared to be working only intermittently on the co-pilot’s side of the cockpit. [1] This and other evidence suggested to the NTSB that "the SFO mechanic who was responsible for lubricating the jackscrew assembly in September 1999 did not adequately perform the task". Center Alaska two sixty one we are uh in a dive here, Yeah we're out of twenty six thousand feet we're in a vertical dive - not a dive yet - but uh we've lost vertical control of our airplane, We're at twenty three seven request uh - yeah we''ve got it back under control there no we don't (unintelligible), Alaska two sixty one uh say the altitude you'd like to uh remain at, Two sixty one we're at twenty four thousand feet kinda stabilized - we're slowin here and uh - do a little troubleshooting we'll can you give me a block between uh twenty and twenty five, Alaska two sixty one maintain block altitude flight level two zero zero through flight level two five zero, Alaska two sixty one we'll take that block we'll be monitoring the freq, Alaska two sixty one uh let me know if you need anything, (unintelligible) we're still working at it, Alaska two sixty one contact LA center one two six point five two they're aware of your uh situation, K Alaska two sixty one say again the frequency one two zero five two, Uh Alaska two sixty one twenty six fifty two, LA Alaska two sixty one uh we're with you at twenty two five we have a jammed stabilizer and ah we're maintaining altitude with difficulty uh but uh we can maintain altitude we think and our intention is to land at Los Angeles, Alaska two sixty one Alaska Center roger uh you're cleared to Los Angeles Airport via present position uh direct Santa Monica direct Los Angeles and uh you want lower now or what do you wanna do sir, Center Alaska two sixty one I need to uh get down about ten change my configuration make sure I can control the jet and I'd like to do that out there over the bay if I may, Ok Alaska two sixty one roger that stand by there, Hey Alaska two sixty one wants to go into LA, He wants to get down to around ten thousand feet but he wants to do it out there over the bay, I'm gonna send him out on like a two eighty heading right now and then uh, Put him on a two eighty heading take him down to one seven thousand radar contact, Alaska two sixty one uh fly heading of two eight zero and descend and maintain one seven thousand, Two eight zero and one seven seventeen thousand Alaska two sixty one and we generally need a block altitude, Ok uh just um I'll tell you what uh do that for now sir and contact LA Center on three five point five they'll have further uh instructions for you sir, K thirty five five say the altimeter setting, Commander ah five zero delta xray traffic at ah one o'clock four mile westbound one eight thousand descending to one seven thousand up there kinda high is one of Alaskas ah Boeing ah probably an MD eighty do you see him up there high ahead and to, Ah Alaska two sixty one you over here with me yet sir, LA delta xray we do have that airplane quite high and up at one o'clock, Zero delta xray roger just kinda keep your eye on him he's having some pretty bad problems up there right now he doesn't have any intent to go below seventeen thousand but keep your eye on him OK, Skywest fifty one fifty four traffic one o'clock ah fifteen miles westbound up at ah about one seven thousand is an Alaska MD eighty do you see him up there high ahead and to your right there, Ah we're looking Skywest fifty one fifty four, Five zero delta xray that plane has just started to do a big huge plunge, A big huge plunge ah thank you Skywest fifty one fifty four the MD eighty is ah one becoming about two o'clock about ten miles now another pilot reports he's really looking pretty bad there ahead and to your right do you see him, Yes sir ah I concur he i uh definitely in a nose down uh position descending quite rapidly, OK very good keep your eye on him Alaska two sixty one are you here with us yet sir, OK very good it looks like he's turning ah turning over in front of you now Skywest fifty one fifty four you still got your eyes on him sir, (unintelligible) he's in sight he ah definitely out of control, Just ah just do what you need to do there Skywest fifty one fifty four keep us advised, Ah yes sir he ah he ah hit the water he's ah down, And for a position I'm right abeam him five zero delta xray, Yeah wu we ha he just now hit it we have the spot marked right there guys, Center he's about ah two and a half miles off the end of Anacapa just uh towards Point Mugu, Ok, he's about two and a half miles off the east end of Anacapa was it, Sir that's affirmative actually he's off the uh northeast end probably a zero three zero heading off of Anacapa there was a boat that doesn't seem to be turning around right next to him, Ah roger that five zero delta xray do you still do you still see the spot right were it went in, Negative sir it's just ah behind me I can turn if you like, And center ah that ah boat seems to be pulling a one eighty now they're about a mile and a half away from the wreck site, Unless otherwise stated: copyright © 1996-2020 Aviation Safety Network (ASN). 1559:50 ATIS charlie five and charlie six is restricted to MD eleven and.. 1610:33 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