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TAM Fokker 100 Deadsticks into Field, Cow Killed!

Old 3rd Sep 2002, 20:06
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We received this memo from Fokker in part;

"The first Fokker 100 aircraft landed in a grassy field. Reportedly, the aircraft suffered a decrease in fuel quanity, and subsequently diverted to the nearest airfield, but reportedly ran out of fuel approximately 60 nm from intended alternate airport.

There were no casualities amongst the 24 passengers and 6 crew, and 4 passengers sustained minor injuries. The aircraft has significant damage.

The other Fokker 100 was reportly forced to make a belly landing at an airport, after the flight crew did not succeed to get the landing gear down and locked following a hydraulic system 1 failure. The landing gear doors remained closed. None of the 42 passengers were hurt. This aircraft suffered less damage than the previous aircraft."
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Here a rough translation of a official note from the DAC (Brazilian CAA), not all of it but the part about the deadstick landing. It was taken from this page...that is in Portuguese for who have a desire to see more. This is not the final report- just a note that so far confirms what the company is saying. The oficial one will take time.

"....The aircraft PT-MQH, that made a forced landing in a unprepared field at approximately 10:45 (13:45 Z), near the town of Araçatuba-State of São Paulo, classified as an Accident was with its papers in order and so was the crew.

The reason for the landing was the excessive fuel consumption that was caused by a leak located in the pipe that gives access to the high pressure fuel pump in the right engine.

There was a movement that made the connection between the pipe and the pump to have a failure. The fuel got out of the a/c within a short period. The right engine was the first to flame out and very close to the landing the left engine flamed out.

The investigation will be centred on the material side to discover why this happened in the pipe and pump and on the operational aspect as to which, why and how the crew were trained and worked the situation......"

Seem a bit similar to the Air Transat in Azores...at least for now.
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