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Last updated: 29 March 2020
Datum:Samstag 12 Januar 2002
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic AT45 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 42-512
Fluggesellschaft:ACES - Aerolineas Centrales de Colombia
Kennzeichen: VP-BVE
Werknummer: 510
Baujahr: 1995
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127E
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 47
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 51
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:nahe Cartagena (   Kolumbien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Cartagena-Rafael Núñez Airport (CTG/SKCG), Kolumbien
Flug nach:Bucaramanga-Palo Negro Airport (BGA/SKBG), Kolumbien
About 5 minutes after takeoff, the pilots felt high vibrations in the airplane, and the No. 2 engine’s low oil pressure warning light illuminated. When the pilots attempted to shut down the No. 2 engine with the fuel lever, the lever jammed. They then shut down the engine by pulling the fire handle. The airplane returned
to Cartagena for an emergency landing. An initial examination of the No. 2 engine’s propeller assembly revealed one of the six blades had separated through the metal base just outboard of the propeller hub. An adjacent blade was fractured through the composite airfoil at about the midspan area. The examination of the engine revealed that both of the forward engine mounts had broken, and the engine sagged to the bottom of the engine cowling.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: (translated from original Spanish language report) "Preventive maintenance programs which did not allow the detection of corrosion in the base of the blade with serial number FR341 leading to fatigue and separation thereof."



Aerocivil issued 2 Safety Recommendations
FAA issued 2 Airworthiness Directives
FAA issued 2 Emergency Airworthiness Directives
NTSB issued 1 Safety Recommendation
NTSB issued 1 Urgent Safety Recommendation

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Distance from Cartagena-Rafael Núñez Airport to Bucaramanga-Palo Negro Airport as the crow flies is 446 km (279 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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