NTSB Identification: DCA00RA036
Accident occurred Sunday, April 02, 2000 in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Aircraft: Boeing 747-200F, registration: N534MC
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On April 2, 2000, at approximately 0230 EDT, an Atlas Air B-747-200 freighter experienced an uncontained failure of the No. 1 engine after takeoff from Guayaquil, Ecuador. The flightcrew observed fire emanating from the No. 1 engine, and fire bottles were discharged. The airplane returned to Guayaquil without further incident.

Examination of the airplane revealed that most of the turbine section of the No. 1 engine had separated. Collateral puncture damage was observed to various portions of the wing, fuselage, and the No. 1 engine pylon. The airplane was equipped with General Electric CF6-50 engines. The government of Ecuador is responsible for the investigation.

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