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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208133
Last updated: 24 July 2021
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Time:15:36 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-231
Owner/operator:Air India
Registration: VT-ESI
MSN: 486
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 175
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:Cochin International Airport (COK/VOCI) -   India
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Cochin International Airport (COK/VOCI)
Destination airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP)
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Air India flight AI047, an Airbus 320 aircraft, was involved in a serious incident of an uncontained failure of engine no. 2 after takeoff from Cochin, India.
The aircraft took off from runway 27 at 15:35 UTC. Soon after takeoff, the pilot heard a loud bang, which was followed by an engine no. 2 fire warning.
The pilot carried out ECAM actions and declared a MAYDAY. The pilot informed ATC about engine no. 2 being on fire and requested a priority landing on runway 27. The aircraft was then cleared for landing on runway 27. The pilot carried out the overweight landing checklist and the aircraft then landed on runway 27 uneventfully. The aircraft was then parked at bay 11 and passengers were disembarked normally.
A walk around inspection revealed that there was metal debris in the exhaust of engine no.2 exhaust. The C-duct cowl was found punctured. There was no injury to any of the occupant on board the aircraft. The fire was confined to within the engine only.

Non adherence to the stipulated lapping procedure of cleaning and inspection of #4 seal plate during overhaul of engine # 2 resulted in blocking of anti-weep groove which allowed the oil to escape # 4 compartment and enter the HPT during sub-idle conditions. This oil seepage got ignited at increased engine power which eventually resulted into low cycle fatigue fracture to HPT 2nd stage air-seal.


AAIB India

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 7 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

7 Sep 2015 VT-ESI Air India 0 Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP) unk

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation VT-ESI(1) issued by AAIB India to Air India


Photo of VT-ESI courtesy

Dubai - International (OMDB / DXB)
15 November 2011; (c) Streep

Revision history:

24-Mar-2018 10:06 harro Added

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