Last updated: 18 April 2014
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 27 avril 2004
Heure:ca 04:15
Type/Sous-type:Fokker F-27 Friendship 500
Opérant pour:FedEx Express
Loué à :Mountain Air Cargo
Immatriculation: N715FE
Numéro de série: 10468
Année de Fabrication: 1971
Moteurs: 2 Rolls Royce 552-7R Dart
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 (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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Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: CIADA
report status: Final
report number: Final report
report released:01-NOV-2007
duration of investigation:1283 days (3 years 6.3 months)
download report: Informe final Fokker F27 Mk500 matricula N715FE Aeropuerto Internacional de Cerro Largo Departamento de Cerro Largo 27 de Abril de 2004 (CIADA Final report)


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposé 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).

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