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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 206158
Last updated: 7 December 2021
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Time:22:52 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A332 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-223
Owner/operator:Delta Air Lines
Registration: N858NW
MSN: 718
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 234
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS/DNMM) -   Nigeria
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS/DNMM)
Destination airport:Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL)
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Delta Air Lines flight DL55 returned to land at Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Nigeria after an engine fire indication on takeoff.
The aircraft, an Airbus A330-223, took off from runway 18R at 22:52 hours.
When the aircraft was climbing out of 1700ft AMSL, the no. 1 engine fire warning came ON. A few seconds later, the crew declared an emergency and requested an immediate return which was approved by ATC.
The aircraft landed at about 22:59 and stopped on runway 18R.
The Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) reported observing fire on engine no.1 and extinguished it. Passengers were evacuated using the emergency slides on the right side of the aircraft. One passenger sustained serious injuries while 11 suffered minor injuries.

Causal Factor
An overtemperature condition and localized fire within the No. 1 engine cowling triggered a fire warning. The overtemperature and fire were caused by the ignition of fuel from a hairline crack on the fuel manifold supplying fuel nozzle 1.
Contributory factor
The fuel manifold cracking can be attributed to high vibratory stresses due to coupling of an acoustic combustor mode and a fuel manifold structural mode.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

19 Oct 2017 N858NW Delta Air Lines 0 35 km south of cape Shionomisaki, Wakayama prefecture unk


Photo of N858NW courtesy

London - Heathrow (EGLL / LHR)
9 November 2019; (c) John Smitherman

Revision history:

14-Feb-2018 09:09 harro Added
15-Feb-2018 09:55 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Feb-2018 10:41 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
23-Feb-2018 13:44 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Mar-2018 19:45 harro Updated [Time, Total occupants, Source, Damage, Narrative]
25-May-2021 08:35 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]

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