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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173445
Last updated: 29 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B772 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 777-222ER
Owner/operator:United Airlines
Registration: N206UA
C/n / msn: 30212/216
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 258
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:45 km South of Incheon Int'l Airport -   South Korea
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Seoul-Incheon International Airport (ICN/RKSI)
Destination airport:Tokyo-Narita Airport (NRT/RJAA)
Investigating agency: ARAIB
A B777-200 airplane, N206UA, operated as United Airlines flight 890, which took off from Incheon International Airport, Republic of Korea, bound for Narita International Airport, Japan, experienced a pop sound accompanied with a yaw to the left while climbing through about 28,000 ft after takeoff. At this time, the IDG) tripped off, and No.1 engine fail EICAS message appeared, followed by fault messages for surge, N2, IDG and FMU. As the engine flamed out, in-flight restart was attempted but unsuccessful. The flight crew who decided to return declared an emergency
to air traffic control (ATC), descended, and landed safely at Incheon International Airport, point of departure, about 13:05.
Aboard the airplane were 2 flight crew, 10 cabin crew, and 246 passengers, but there was no personal injury.
The Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board (ARAIB) determines the cause of this serious incident was that the mechanical breakdown of the MB-7 bearing, which supports the front part of the gearbox drive gear shaft at the No. 1 engine MGB, stopped the transmission of the N2 rotor's rotational power to the MGB through the layshaft, which shut down all engine components mounted on the MGB, thereby resulting in the IFSD.
Contributing to this serious incident was that, during the last engine assembly, when the MB-7 bearing was mounted on the MGB driveshaft, the PMA drive retaining nut was tightened with a less torque than that prescribed by the EM, which caused its failure to support the MB-7 bearing inner race, thereby resulting in the mechanical damage of the MB-7 bearing.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ARAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of N206UA courtesy

London - Heathrow (EGLL / LHR)
22 March 2015; (c) Lewis Grant

Revision history:

30-Jan-2015 20:08 harro Added

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