Vliegtuigongeval op 29 MAR 1981 met Boeing 707-329 OO-SJA - Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:zondag 29 maart 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-329
Registratie: OO-SJA
Constructienummer: 17623/78
Bouwjaar: 1959
Aantal vlieguren:64462
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT4A-11
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 7
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 110
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 117
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU) (   België)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Internationale charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), België
Vliegveld van aankomst:Tenerife-Sur Reina Sofia Airport (TFS/GCTS), Spanje
Sobelair flight OO1915 took off from runway 02 at Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU), Belgium at 09:29 local time. As the airplane was climbing through an altitude of 7000 feet there was a violent explosion in the no. 3 engine. An uncontained failure had caused a fire in the engine. The first extinguishing bottle was fired, but to no avail. The fire finally went out after the second bottle was fired.
The crew returned to the airport and were cleared for an emergency approach to runway 25L. While turning onto finals, the airplane overshot the extended centreline of runway 25L. The captain then decided to land on runway 25R.
After touchdown the thrust reversers of engine no. 1 and 4 were activated and wheel brakes were used to decelerate.
The pilot was afraid that the aircraft couldn't be stopped on the runway and steered the Boeing off the left side of the runway.
The aircraft was damaged beyond repair and withdrawn from use at Brussels.

The engine failure was attributed to a fatigue failure of a fan blade of the 10th stage of the compressor.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause of the accident (translated from French):
During an emergency landing on three engines, at a weight above the maximum landing weight, the aircraft landed at a high speed and the brakes were not used properly.

» Rapport d'enquete etabli suite a l'accident survenu a l'avion Boeing 707-329 immatricule OO-SJA a l'aeroport de Bruxelles National le 29 Mars 1981


photo of Boeing-707-329-OO-SJA
accident date: 29-03-1981
type: Boeing 707-329
registration: OO-SJA

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Brussel-Zaventem Airport en Tenerife-Sur Reina Sofia Airport bedraagt 3072 km (1920 miles).

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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