Published on April 4th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


AAIU Report into A330 Engine Fire Indication

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) have today published their report into an Engine Fire Indication on an Aer Lingus Airbus A330 (EI-LAX) shortly after takeoff in Dublin on 28th December 2017. Just after take-off from Runway 28 on a scheduled passenger flight to Los Angeles International Airport, the Flight Crew received a No. 2 (right-hand) engine fire (ENG 2 FIRE) warning, which required the No. 2 engine to be shut down. Following the shutdown, the fire warning ceased. The Flight Crew declared a MAYDAY to Dublin ATC and also pressed the AGENT 1 pushbutton, thereby discharging an engine fire extinguisher into the engine compartment.

Following a review of the situation, the Flight Crew elected to proceed to Shannon Airport, which had a longer runway than those at Dublin. A holding pattern was entered near Shannon to consume fuel and lighten the aircraft for landing. After approximately 20 minutes in the hold, an overweight landing was performed on runway 06. The aircraft was brought to a stop on the runway, and was inspected by the Airport Fire Service (AFS), who advised that there was no apparent damage. The aircraft then taxied to its parking stand, where all passengers disembarked normally. No injuries were reported.

The ENG 2 FIRE warning was subsequently found to have been caused by hot, high pressure bleed air escaping into the No. 2 engine compartment as a result of the fatigue failure of a short section of No. 2 engine’s high pressure bleed air ducting.

The full 36-page report is available to read here.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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