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Last updated: 20 October 2017
Fecha:jueves 17 abril 2003
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 600
Operated by:Empire Airlines
On behalf of:FedEx Express
Registración: N730FE
Numéro de série: 10386
Año de Construcción: 1968
Horas Totales de la Célula:50151
Motores: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 532-7R
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 2
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 2
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Ketchikan International Airport, AK (KTN/PAKT), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA/KSEA), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo:8202
Just prior to descending out of 17,000 feet for 10,000 feet, the crew felt a thud and they noticed the #1 low gear box oil pressure light illuminate. The left engine was shut down and the crew declared an emergency. The aircraft continued to Seattle, where it made an uneventful landing on runway 16L.
A subsequent examination by company maintenance personnel indicated that the #1 engine drive shaft had failed at the universal joint connection area on the gear side of the engine, resulting in substantial damage to the firewall.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the accessory drive shaft due to deterioration of bearing number 1 in the aft fork of the universal joint for undetermined reasons during cruise flight."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Accident number: SEA03LA076
Download report: Summary report



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Distance from Ketchikan International Airport, AK to Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA as the crow flies is 1085 km (678 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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