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Last updated: 18 September 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 27 avril 2004
Heure:ca 04:15
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 500
Operated by:Mountain Air Cargo
On behalf of:FedEx Express
Immatriculation: N715FE
Numéro de série: 10468
Année de Fabrication: 1971
Moteurs: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 552-7R
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Melo Airport (MLZ) (   Uruguay)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Aéroport de départ:Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA (EZE/SAEZ), Argentine
Aéroport de destination:Porto Alegre-Salgado Filho International Airport, RS (POA/SBPA), Brésil
Numéro de vol:7145
The aircraft departed Buenos Aires (EZE) for a cargo flight to São Paulo-Viracopos (VCP) via Porto Alegre (POA). En route on the first leg, at an altitude of FL170, a crew member headed to the cargo compartment, and noticed the presence of smoke. he tried to extinguish the fire with emergency equipment, but did not succeed. Some 16 nm from Melo Airport (MLZ), Uruguay, the crew declared an in-flight emergency to Montevideo ACC. The operating hours of the only airport nearby, Melo, are from 07:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs, so it was closed. Montevideo ACC contacted the airport guard who switched on the runway lights and reported the emergency to fire fighters and police located in the city. The aircraft found the runway lights and landed on runway 07. Touchdown took place 340 m from the threshold. The F-27 stopped 640 m after touchdown. The crew evacuated through the cockpit windows, due to the intense heat and smoke in the cargo area. Ten minutes after landing, the fire fighters arrived and succeeded in extinguishing the fire. The airplane suffered considerable damage in the cargo compartments E and F.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE (translated from Spanish):
Numerous oil samples, plant tissues, and several animals that were transported, would have reacted on contact with an exothermic chemical reaction and associated combustion. The event originated with the spilling of liquid from containers not suitable for differential pressure, with little excess capacity for expansion and filled with indiscriminate materials.
Low stringency in filling forms for description of product delivered for shipment in company offices and little control or careless handling of the load would have contributed to the occurrence of the accident.

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photo of Fokker-F-27500-N715FE
accident date: 27-04-2004
type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 500
registration: N715FE
photo of Fokker-F-27500-N715FE
accident date: 27-04-2004
type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 500
registration: N715FE
photo of Fokker-F-27-Frienship-500-N715FE
accident date: 27-04-2004
type: Fokker F-27 Frienship 500
registration: N715FE

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA et Porto Alegre-Salgado Filho International Airport, RS est de 872 km (545 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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