Delta Plane Evacuates - Anyone hear about this one?

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NTSB Identification: MIA03FA130
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of DELTA AIR LINES INC
Accident occurred Monday, June 23, 2003 in Tampa, FL
Aircraft: Boeing 757-232, registration: N633DL
Injuries: 2 Serious, 31 Minor, 141 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On June 23, 2003, about 0710 eastern daylight time, a Boeing 757-232, N633DL, registered to Wilmington Trust Company, operated by Delta Air Lines, Inc., as flight 1036, experienced a passenger initiated evacuation of the airplane while pushed away from the gate and stopped on the ramp at the Tampa International Airport, Tampa, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the 14 CFR Part 121 scheduled, domestic, passenger flight. The airplane was not damaged and there were no injuries to the captain, first officer, three flight attendants, one deadheading flight attendant, or 135 passengers. Two passengers sustained serious injuries, and 30 passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane had pushed back from the gate approximately 5 minutes earlier.

According to airline personnel, the airplane had been pushed back from the gate, stopped, and the No. 1 engine had been started and was stabilized. The tug and towbar had been disconnected from the airplane and the groundcrew were returning to the terminal. During this time, the No. 2 engine was being started when the captain noticed the groundcrew members looking concerned towards the airplane. The captain then looked back into the cockpit and noticed annunciation of open emergency exit doors. The flightcrew began securing the engines, and reportedly all but 12 of the 167 passengers evacuated the airplane using all doors and overwing exits except the 1L and 1R doors. The flightcrew advised the FAA inspector-in-charge that they did not experience any indications or discrepancies during the No. 2 engine start.

A flight attendant stationed at the 2L door reported that the safety video was playing and she was in the process of securing the galley when she heard people from the window exits screaming. She stepped out from the galley to assess the situation, but passengers were in front of her running to the door screaming, "fire." She attempted to stop the passengers from coming towards the exit but could not see the window exits and could not access the interphone to communicate with the captain or other flight attendants. She observed a large glow of orange emerge from the No. 2 engine. While standing in front of passengers, a large man pushed her against the counter of the galley, screamed, "...fire..." and opened the 2L door and jumped onto the slide. She observed the 2L slide twisting, people were jumping in groups, and were not adhering to her commands. She opened the 2R door after verifying that the engines were secured and helped passengers evacuate the airplane.
 
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