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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 223954
Last updated: 23 November 2019
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Date:28-DEC-2017
Time:15:38 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A332 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-202
Owner/operator:Aer Lingus
Registration: EI-LAX
C/n / msn: 269
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 278
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Dublin Airport (EIDW) -   Ireland
Phase: Take off
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW)
Destination airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX)
Investigating agency: AAIU
Narrative:
Just after take-off from runway 28 at Dublin Airport (EIDW), on a scheduled passenger flight to Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), the flight crew of the Airbus A330 aircraft 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 (state of emergency) to Dublin Air Traffic Control (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 (EINN), which had a longer runway than those at EIDW. A holding pattern was entered near EINN 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.

Probable Cause:
Fatigue failure of the No. 2 engine’s 14th stage bleed air spacer, which allowed hot, high pressure bleed air to escape into the No. 2 engine compartment, resulting in a No.2 engine fire warning and the Flight Crew shutting down the No. 2 engine and diverting the flight.
Contributory Cause:
Metallurgical examination and analysis identified that abnormal loading conditions were the most likely cause of the fatigue cracking.

Sources:

AAIU

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIU
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of EI-LAX courtesy AirHistory.net


Dublin (EIDW / DUB)
23 December 2017; (c) Fergal Goodman

Revision history:

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