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On 24 October 2007 at Darwin Aerodrome, an Airbus A330-300, registered VH-QPE, made two unsuccessful attempts to start the right engine. Subsequent inspection of the engine revealed an uncontained failure of the starter turbine and secondary damage to the integrated drive generator.

The starter was returned to the manufacturer to conduct a failure investigation. The investigation revealed damage consistent with 'crash engagement' of the starter resulting in failure of the overrunning bearing. The blades were designed to separate from the turbine disc in this event, however, the starter failed to contain the cut-off blades as designed. The manufacturer proposed corrective actions to prevent further occurrences.

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General details
Date: 24 October 2007 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 15:39 CST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Darwin Aerodrome  
State: Northern Territory Occurrence class: Technical 
Release date: 05 December 2008 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus Industrie 
Aircraft model: A330 
Aircraft registration: VH-QPE 
Serial number: 593 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Darwin Aerodrome, NT
Destination:Mumbai, India
 
 
 
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