Photo © Ulrich F.HOPPE
due to bad weather (windshear), until more accurate info is released.
But lately in these days, three F100s of TAM had problems:
The most serious was PT-MQH that was written off after it landed having run out of fuel due to a leak at a farm near Araçatuba while flying from São Paulo to Campo Grande (Mato Grosso do Sul). Luckily the pasengers did not suffer any serious injury. This was August 30th.
The same day another F100 had to land on the belly after gear problems at the airport of Campinas (São Paulo)
Last monday, Sept. 9th, another F100 (reg# not reported) had to remain grounded when 30 pax had already boarded at Corumbá (Mato Groso do Sul), because the door presented lock problems. The passengers had to switch airplane.
The last one has occured today, sept 11th, at 09:45 local time (14:45 CET, meaning less than four hours ago).
Again a F100 (reg# unknown) has landed at Pelotas airport (Rio Grande do Sul) due to turbine vibration, while flying from Buenos Aires to São Paulo.
Of course three of them can be qualified of "non-event". And for sure, a landing due to turbine vibration is nothing else but preventive, and can occur at any moment to any airplane of any company anywhere in the world. Right now (13:10 Atlantic Brazil time) the passengers remain at Pelotas, until they will be flown to São Paulo in the next hour (about 14:00)
Now that, after the tragic accident that killed all 96 on board plus 3 on the ground in 1996, again on Fokker 100, TAM had gained again the trust of the public, it is time to wonder how expensive the F100 maintenace has become after Fokker shut down... and if they should (could?) accelerate the retirement of the 100s...
They are doing very well lately, and fly good service to CDG on their own A330s, codesharing wiht Air France. They started substitution of the 100s a couple of years ago, with 319s and 320s. Don-t know how viable is to accelerate it, even leasing some 320s, but that's too much for me to say.
I've flown TAM F100 PT-MQM, two sectors of one flight from Goiânia to Salvador with stopover in Brasilia (You can read my report here). They do not look old or bad taken care of at all, and everytime there's a speech, they finish saying that they are "the company that's proud of being Brazilian". I enjoyed that flight a lot, the F100 cabin is absolutely quiet and the onboard service excellent, despite the delay we suffered due to a late connection.
Let's hope they can cope with these events, and go ahead with the quality improvement they've reached lately.
Best wishes for them.