Aviation safety investigations & reports

Boeing 727-277 VH-ANA, Brisbane Qld, 4 July 1992

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At 0707 hours, on 4 July 1992, Boeing 727-277 aircraft VH-ANA took off from runway 01 at Brisbane Airport on a regular public transport flight to Sydney. As the landing gear was retracting, the crew heard a loud bang emanate from the rear of the aircraft This was followed by cockpit indications of a fire in, and a loss of thrust from, the no. 2 (centre) engine. Ground witnesses saw large flames streaming from the rear of the aircraft. The crew shut down the engine, completed the engine-fire checklist, and flew a circuit for a landing on runway 01. During the landing roll, the crew were advised that there were still signs of fire around the centre engine, so a decision was taken by the aircraft captain to evacuate the aircraft. After clearing the runway and stopping the aircraft, the evacuation of passengers and crew was carried out from the two front doors and the forward left overwing exit. During the evacuation, two passengers received minor injuries. The fire was extinguished quickly by airport fire personnel. The investigation revealed that a fatigue failure had occurred in the first-stage compressor fan disc of the no. 2 engine leading to disruption of the engine. The fire resulted when a section of engine disc severed the main fuel line to the engine. Deficiencies were also revealed in the Brisbane Airport emergency plan and in some aspects of the training of rescue and firefighting personnel.
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General details
Date: 04 July 1992   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0707 hours EST    
Location   (show map): Brisbane    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 15 July 1993   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 727  
Aircraft registration VH-ANA  
Serial number 22641  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Brisbane, QLD  
Departure time 0706 hours EST  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command ATPL 13642 2700
Co-Pilot/1st Officer ATPL 5800 2000
Last update 13 May 2014