ASN Aircraft accident Fokker 100 PT-MQH Birigui, SP
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Status:Accident Investigation report not yet completed, but information verified through authorities or other sources.
Date:Friday 30 August 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic F100 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker 100
Operator:TAM Linhas Aéreas
Registration: PT-MQH
MSN: 11512
First flight: 1994-03-31 (8 years 5 months)
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Tay 650-15
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 29
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Birigui, SP (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, SP (GRU/SBGR), Brazil
Destination airport:Campo Grande Internacional Airport, MS (CGR/SBCG), Brazil
The Fokker 100 plane departed São Paulo at 09:48 for a flight to Campo Grande. At cruising altitude, the crew noted "fuel filter" and "fuel low press" warnings for the no. 2 engine. They took action, but a little while later a fuel unbalance situation developed. The aircraft was losing fuel quickly, so the crew decided to divert to Araçatuba, SP (ARU), however both engines stopped due to fuel exhaustion when the aircraft still was still 16 miles from the airport. The crew carried out an emergency landing in a farm field. One cow was killed and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. Preliminary reports say a fuel line to the no. 2 engine fuel pump snapped, causing a fuel leak.

Fuel exhaustion
Forced landing outside airport

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photo of Fokker-100-PT-MQH
accident date: 30-08-2002
type: Fokker 100
registration: PT-MQH
photo of Fokker-100-PK-MJE
accident date: 30-08-2002
type: Fokker 100
registration: PK-MJE

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 São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, SP to Campo Grande Internacional Airport, MS as the crow flies is 905 km (565 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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