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In-flight engine fuel leak - Nadi, Fiji - Boeing 747-438, VH-OJD

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
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While on a scheduled passenger flight from Brisbane, Australia, to Los Angeles, US, the crew of the Boeing Company 747-438 aircraft, registered VH-OJD, observed excessive fuel use by the number-three engine. After confirmation that the engine had a fuel leak, the flight crew conducted and in-flight engine shut-down and diverted the aircraft to Sydney.

Inspection of the engine found a fuel manifold drain line had fractured. Detailed examination of the drain line revealed that it had been subjected to high cycle fatigue (HCF), which led to its failure. The HCF was attributed to harmonic resonance from a combustor rumble of unknown origin.

As a result of extensive testing of the engine, the manufacturer redesigned the drain line and reviewed its attachment (clipping) arrangements.

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General details
Date: 18 November 2005   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 11:00    
Location   (show map): near Nadi, Aerodrome, Fiji    
State: International   Occurrence type: Fuel systems  
Release date: 08 November 2006   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 747  
Aircraft registration VH-OJD  
Serial number 24481  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, QLD  
Destination Los Angeles, USA  
Last update 16 February 2016