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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 169965
Last updated: 25 July 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-232
Owner/operator:JetBlue Airways
Registration: N656JB
MSN: 3091
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 147
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Long Beach Airport, CA (LGB/KLGB) -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Long Beach Airport, CA (LGB/KLGB)
Destination airport:Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, TX (AUS/KAUS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
JetBlue flight JBU1416 departed Long Beach Airport, CA (LGB) runway 30 at 09:17, bound for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, TX (AUS). The aircraft was on the initial climb when passengers heard a "bang". The number 2 engine reportedly had a malfunction. A smoke condition then developed in the cabin and oxygen masks were manually deployed. The flight then declared an emergency, and circled back to land on runway 30. After landing, the airplane was evacuated on the runway via the evacuation slides.

The probable cause of the engine failure and subsequent undercowl engine fire was due to the fatigue fracture of a high pressure turbine stage 2 disk blade retaining lug that released two blades which impacted the low pressure turbine case causing a fuel line to fracture spraying fuel on the hot engine cases where it ignited. During a machining operation of the disk lug, a tool mark was introduced that set up the area for fatigue cracks to initiate.





Photo of N656JB courtesy

Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International (KFLL / FLL)
18 February 2020; (c) Lewis Grant

Revision history:

18-Sep-2014 17:19 harro Added
18-Sep-2014 17:29 harro Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
18-Sep-2014 17:31 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Narrative]
18-Sep-2014 17:35 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
18-Sep-2014 17:51 harro Updated [Embed code]
19-Sep-2014 05:33 harro Updated [Total occupants, Embed code, Narrative]
20-Sep-2014 06:17 wxmeddler Updated [Time, Phase, Narrative]
25-Jan-2016 21:03 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
07-Feb-2016 18:46 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Damage]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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