October 4, 1992
Amsterdam, Netherlands
El Al, Flight 1862
Boeing B-747-258F
4X-AXG

Shortly after taking off from Schiphol Airport, while climbing through 6,500 feet, the No. 3 engine separated with its pylon from the aircraft and damaged the leading edge of the right wing. The No. 3 engine separated in such a way that the No. 4 engine and pylon also separated from the wing. During an attempted return to the airport, the aircraft crashed into a 11 story building in the Bijlmermeer residential district. The design and certification of the B-747 pylon was found to be inadequate to provide the required level of safety. The system to ensure structural integrity by inspection failed. The separation of the No. 3 engine was initiated by fatigue (corrosion) in the inboard midspar fuse pin. This led to loss of the No. 4 engine and pylon and damage to several systems which ultimately led to loss of control of the aircraft.

El Al 1862: El Al one eight six two, Mayday! Mayday! We have an emergency.
CONTROLLER: El Al one eight six two, roger. Break, KLM 237, turn left heading 090.
CONTROLLER: One eight six two, do you wish to return to Schiphol?
El Al 1862:  Affirmative, Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
CONTROLLER: Turn right heading two six zero, field eh... behind you, eh.... in your - to the west, eh ....distance one eight miles.
El Al 1862: Roger, we have fire on engine number three, we have fire on engine number three.
CONTROLLER: Roger, heading two seven zero for downwind.
El Al 1862: Two seven zero downwind.
El Al 1862: El Al one eight six two, lost number three and number four engine, number three and number four engine
CONTROLLER: Roger, one eight six two.
  LATER IN RECORDING
CONTROLLER: El Al one eight six two, continue descent one thousand five hundred feet...one thousand five hundred.
El Al 1862: Fifteen hundred, and we have a controlling problem.
CONTROLLER: You have a controlling problem as well, roger.
El Al 1862: [In the background, in Hebrew] - Raise all the flaps, all the flaps raise.
El Al 1862: [In the background] - Ohhhhh!
El Al 1862: [In the background, in Hebrew] - Lower the gear.
El Al 1862: Going down...eh...one eight six two, going down, going down, copied going down.
FEMALE CONTROLLER:  [In Dutch] - It has happened.
CONTROLLER:  One eight six two, your heading,
FEMALE CONTROLLER   [In Dutch] Forget it Henk, (controllerís name), he crashed.
CONTROLLER:  [In Dutch] - Do you see it?
FEMALE CONTROLLER:   [In Dutch] - I see one big fire above the city.
CONTROLLER:   [In Dutch] - Jesus, just at Whisky Papa Yosite (an intersection over a heavily populated area)



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