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Early in the take-off run, the handling pilot of the BAe 146 heard a slight noise, followed by a loss of RPM and power on the number 2 engine. The pilot stopped the take-off at approximately 60 kts and returned the aircraft to the gate. The crew of another aircraft waiting at the runway holding point, reported seeing flames in the number 2 engine jet pipe.

An engine examination by the aircraft operator revealed that the engine fan assembly was not rotating. The operator removed the engine and forwarded it to the manufacturer in the USA for examination and repair. The Australian Transport Safety Board requested the National Transportation Safety Board of the USA to supervise the examination and provide a report to the Bureau.

The examination revealed that extensive damage to the engine had resulted from two first stage turbine blades separating, due to fatigue cracks emanating from the blade trailing edges near the blade platform.

The engine manufacturer advised that they had developed a corrective action for fatigue failure of first stage turbine blades, as contained in Service Bulletin ALF/FL 502/507 72-1043 of 11 January 1999, and revised on 3 September 1999. The manufacturer recommended that the service bulletin be complied with at the next access to the affected parts.

The first stage turbine was last accessible in February 1999, during a hot section inspection carried out by the engine manufacturer. There is no record indicating that the service bulletin was complied with at that time. The manufacturer offered no explanation for not incorporating the service bulletin.

General details
Date: 30 July 2000 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1000 hours EST  
Location   (show map):Canberra, Aero. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Australian Capital Territory  
Release date: 01 December 2000  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: British Aerospace PLC 
Aircraft model: BAe 146 
Aircraft registration: VH-NJR 
Serial number: E 1152 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Canberra ACT
Departure time:0950 EST
Destination:Brisbane Qld
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