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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76376
Last updated: 11 December 2020
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Time:16:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD90 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30
Owner/operator:Japan Airlines
Registration: JA002D
C/n / msn: 53556/2210
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 111
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:12.6Km West of Sendai Airport -   Japan
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Sendai Airport (SDJ/RJSS)
Destination airport:Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF)
Investigating agency: JTSB
On Sunday August 15, 2010, at 16:08 Japan Standard Time, a McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30, registered JA002D, operated by Japan Airlines took off from Sendai Airport for Fukuoka Airport as a scheduled flight 3538. Around 16:10, while climbing, it declared a state of emergency upon the activation of the right engine fire warning alarm at about 5,500 ft. The right engine was shut down while the fire-extinguishing system was activated; consequently, the aircraft returned to Sendai Airport and it landed at 16:23. Heat damage inside the cowling of the right engine was confirmed after landing.
There were 111 people on board, consisting of the Pilot in Command (PIC), 4 other crewmembers, and 106 passengers, but no one was injured.
Probable Causes:
It is probable that this serious incident occurred as follows: The Aircraft No. 4 Bearing Scavenge Tube of the right engine fractured during takeoff, resulted in the Tube breaking loose from the Diffuser Case letting the engine oil blow out through an opening where it broke loose, and subsequently the oil contact with the engine high temperature section developed into an engine fire.
It is highly probable that the repeated stress associated with engine operations generated the crack origins in the No.4 Scavenge Tube and the fatigue crack grew into the fracture of the tube.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: JTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of JA002D courtesy

Tokyo - Haneda International (RJTT / HND)
30 August 2011; (c) Leslie Snelleman

Right engine exterior (photo: JTSB)

Revision history:

17-Aug-2010 15:24 A.Chiba Added
01-Jul-2012 12:57 harro Updated [Time, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]

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