Accident ATR 42-512 VP-BVE, Saturday 12 January 2002
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Date:Saturday 12 January 2002
Time:20:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT45 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
ATR 42-512
Owner/operator:ACES - Aerolineas Centrales de Colombia
Registration: VP-BVE
MSN: 510
Year of manufacture:1995
Total airframe hrs:11225 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 51
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Category:Accident
Location:near Cartagena -   Colombia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Cartagena-Rafael Núñez Airport (CTG/SKCG)
Destination airport:Bucaramanga-Palo Negro Airport (BGA/SKBG)
Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
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: (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."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Report number: COL-02-02-GIA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report

Sources:

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