An American Airlines MD-82 inflight engine fire in September 2007 was "probably due to an unapproved and improper procedure used by mechanics to manually start one of the engines," the US National Transportation Safety Board said in a report issued yesterday, adding that "the fire was prolonged and the safety of the aircraft further jeopardized by how the flight crew handled the emergency." Another contributing factor was "a flawed internal safety management system," NTSB said in a ...

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