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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196328
Last updated: 21 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-343
Owner/operator:Air Asia X
Registration: 9M-XXE
C/n / msn: 1075
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 359
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Category:Serious incident
Location:830 km NNE of Perth, WA -   Indian Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Perth Airport, WA (PER/YPPH)
Destination airport:Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK)
Investigating agency: ATSB
AirAsia X flight D7237 returned to land at Perth Airport, Australia "due to a technical reason" according to the airline.
The aircraft, an Airbus A330-300, took off from Perth at 07:10 hours local time and climbed to FL380. At 08:13 the flight commenced a climb to a higher altitude.
At about FL390 a fan blade on the number 1 engine (RR Trent 700) failed resulting in engine damage and significant airframe vibration.
The flight crew conducted an in-flight engine shutdown and returned to Perth. The shutdown engine continued to rotate in the airflow, resulting in ongoing airframe vibration. The aircraft returned to Perth and landed safely at 09:57 hours..

The engine manufacturer found that a section of the fan blade separated at about one quarter of its length from the blade base. The blade section and associated engine debris were retained within the engine cowls. Examination of the retained fan blade section identified that the separation was likely due to metal fatigue that originated within the blade’s internal structure. Investigation and analysis of the failure mode are on-going.



Photo of 9M-XXE courtesy

Adelaide - International (YPAD / ADL)
17 November 2013; (c) Gavin Hughes

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