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Accident description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 5 October 1998
Type:Boeing 747SP-44
Operating for:Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique - LAM
Leased from:South African Airways - SAA
Registration: ZS-SPF
C/n / msn: 21263/301
First flight: 1977-01-14 (21 years 9 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7FW
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 66
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Maputo International Airport (MPM) (   Mozambique)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Maputo International Airport (MPM/FQMA), Mozambique
Destination airport:Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal
Shortly after takeoff the no. 3 engine suffered an uncontained failure. Flying debris caused damage to the no. 4 engine and the wing. A fire erupted, but couldn't be extinguished immediately. An emergency landing was carried out.

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V5-SPF returned from its lease to South African Airlines in April 1998 and was immediately leased on to L.A.M.
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Distance from Maputo International Airport to Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport as the crow flies is 8372 km (5233 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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