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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153017
Last updated: 13 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-343X
Owner/operator:Virgin Atlantic
Registration: G-VKSS
C/n / msn: 1201
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 325
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Orlando, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Orlando International Airport, FL (MCO/KMCO)
Destination airport:Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC)
The Virgin Atlantic A330-300, flight VS76, was in the initial climb out of Orlando International Airport, FL (MCO/KMCO) runway 35L when the crew declared a Mayday to the departure controller and subsequently requested runway 36R for the return.

it was struck by birds which impacted the fan blades of the left and right engines as well as the nose of the aircraft. Both engines were damaged and the left engine was shut down by the crew because the engine oil pressure indicated zero.

The crew levelled off at 3000 feet, entered a hold to work the checklists and reported the left hand engine (Trent 772) had been shut down. The aircraft landed overweight because they weren't able to dump fuel, 30 minutes after departure.

Post flight reporting detailed damage to both engines, both leading edges and to the radome.


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 2013-015 issued by AAIB to Rolls-Royce

Revision history:

03-Feb-2013 02:47 bp Added
03-Feb-2013 02:54 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Feb-2013 10:53 bp Updated [Narrative]
20-Sep-2015 19:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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