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Last updated: 21 September 2021
Datum:Freitag 17 Januar 2003
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic F28 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-28 Fellowship 4000
Fluggesellschaft:TAME Ecuador
Kennzeichen: HC-BMD
Werknummer: 11220
Baujahr: 1984-12-04 (18 years 2 months)
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:40084
Triebwerk: 2 Rolls-Royce Spey 555-15P
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 72
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 77
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO) (   Ecuador)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO/SEQU), Ecuador
Flug nach:Tulcán Airport (TUA/SETU), Ecuador
Flugnummer: 120
TAME Flight 120 was a regular flight from Quito to Cali with an intermediate stop at Tulcán. The aircraft taxied to runway 35, a 3120 metres long asphalt runway, and the crew was cleared for takeoff at 09:39. At a point 2110 metres down the runway, while the airplane was accelerating through 125 kts IAS, both tires of the left hand main undercarriage blew. The takeoff was abandoned and the pilots managed to keep the airplane on the runway. As it overran the end of the runway, the nose gear collapsed. The aircaft came to rest 81 metres past the end of the runway. A small fire erupted in the area of the left hand main gear. This was quickly contained by the fire service.

Probable Cause:

CAUSA PROBABLE: "La Junta Investigadora de Accidentes estima que la probable causa de este suceso fue la falta de una positiva respuesta a la acción de frenado, asociada con la explosión de los neumáticos 1 y 2 del tren principal izquierdo durante la carrera de despegue." (The lack of a positive response to use the brakes following the explosion of tires nr 1 and 2 of the left main undercarriage during the take-off run.)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: DGAC Ecuador
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

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photo of Fokker-F-284000-HC-BMD
accident date: 17-01-2003
type: Fokker F-28 Fellowship 4000
registration: HC-BMD
photo of Fokker-F-284000-HC-BMD
accident date: 17-01-2003
type: Fokker F-28 Fellowship 4000
registration: HC-BMD

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 Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport to Tulcán Airport as the crow flies is 136 km (85 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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