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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 219663
Last updated: 17 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AT72 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 72-600 (72-212A)
Owner/operator:Virgin Australia
Registration: VH-FVN
MSN: 1039
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 46
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:near Canberra Airport, ACT -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY)
Destination airport:Canberra Airport, ACT (CBR/YSCB)
Investigating agency: ATSB
Virgin Australia flight VA660, an ATR 72-600, suffered flameouts in both engines on a flight from Sydney to Canberra, Australia.
While the aircraft was descending through 11,000 ft in heavy rain, the right engine’s power rolled back (decreased) and the engine flamed out. The engine automatically re-started within five seconds. The descent continued and, while passing through 10,000 ft, the left engine’s power also rolled back and that engine flamed out before automatically relighting. The crew selected manual engine ignition for the remainder of the flight and the landing.
The aircraft re-entered service on December 17.

Contributing factors
- The two engine flameouts were probably the result of the environmental conditions (likely icing and/or heavy/moderate rain) during the flight.
Other factors that increased risk
- The crew selected manual ignition as a preventative measure against further flameout. While ATR recommend that manual ignition should not be selected unless directed by checklist or under minimum equipment list, this was not specifically mentioned in the ATR documentation.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report


Photo of VH-FVN courtesy

Brisbane - International (YBBN / BNE)
6 July 2013; (c) Peter Gates

Revision history:

18-Dec-2018 09:29 harro Added
18-Dec-2018 15:03 harro Updated [Photo]
19-May-2020 19:58 harro Updated [Total occupants, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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