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Date:Saturday 28 June 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic B762 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 767-281SF
Operator:ABX Air
Registration: N799AX
MSN: 23432/145
First flight: 1986-06-26 (22 years )
Engines: 2 General Electric CF6-80A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Departure airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
Destination airport:Wilmington-Clinton Field, OH (ILN/KILN), United States of America
An ABX Air Boeing 767 was parked at plot no.11 in preparation for a cargo flight to Airborne Airpark (ILN). A fire occurred just aft of the cockpit and burned through the top of the fuselage. At the time of the fire, the airplane was parked near a loading facility, all of the cargo to be transported on the flight had been loaded, and the doors had been shut.
The primary location of the fire was outside the cargo hold in an area just aft of the cockpit. The fire was extinguished by San Francisco Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting, but not before causing substantial damage to the aircraft. The flight crew of two, who were preparing to start the engines when the fire broke out, escaped from the aircraft without injury.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the design of the supplemental oxygen system hoses and the lack of positive separation between electrical wiring and electrically conductive oxygen system components. The lack of positive separation allowed a short circuit to breach a combustible oxygen hose, release oxygen, and initiate a fire in the supernumerary compartment that rapidly spread to other areas. Contributing to this accident was the Federal Aviation Administration’s failure to require the installation of nonconductive oxygen hoses after the safety issue concerning conductive hoses was initially identified by Boeing."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: NTSB AAR-09/04/SUM
Download report: Final report
Language: English

Hangar / ground fire
Damaged on the ground

» SKYbrary 
» Cargo plane catches fire at SFO (SF Chronicle, 29-6-2008)

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 12 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Boeing-767-281SF-N799AX
accident date: 28-06-2008
type: Boeing 767-281SF
registration: N799AX
photo of Boeing-767-281SF-N799AX
accident date: 28-06-2008
type: Boeing 767-281SF
registration: N799AX

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from San Francisco International Airport, CA to Wilmington-Clinton Field, OH as the crow flies is 3314 km (2072 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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