Date & Time: Feb 10, 2001 at 1230 LT
Type of aircraft:
Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Belém – Macapá
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
Copilot / Total hours on type:
On final approach to Macapá Airport, the left engine exploded and caught fire. The aircraft lost height, descended below the glide and eventually crash landed in a grassy area to the right of the runway and came to rest, bursting into flames. All five occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Failure of the second stage of the high pressure compressor disk in the left engine. Investigations were unable to determine the exact cause of the this failure, maybe following fatigue cracks or a construction defect. It was reported that the left engine accumulated 3,000 flying hours since the last compressor overhaul.