Date & Time: Nov 6, 2012 at 0745 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N793FE
Flight Type:
Cargo
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Wichita - Garden City
MSN:
208B-0291
YOM:
1991
Flight number:
FDX8588
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Aircraft flight hours:
10852
Circumstances:
Pilot was performing a cargo flight from Wichita to Garden City and left runway 18R at 0738LT. While climbing to 4,000 feet, he informed ATC about technical problems and elected to return to airport. On final approach to runway 01L, the aircraft stalled and crashed in a wooded area located two miles short of runway. The pilot was killed. The engine was removed from the airframe for a teardown examination. The engine examination revealed a failure of the engine gas generator initiating from a compressor turbine blade separation. The compressor turbine wheel, power turbine shaft housing, and oil-cooler/heat-exchanger were retained for additional metallurgical examination. The engine monitoring system device was retained for a non-volatile memory download.
Causes:
The total loss of engine power as a result of a fractured compressor turbine blade due to high-cycle fatigue.