Aviation safety investigations & reports

Uncontained Engine Starter Failure, General Electric CF6-80E1-A3, Darwin Aerodrome, 24 October 2007, VH-QPE, Airbus A330-300

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Status: Completed
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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 level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Darwin Aerodrome    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 05 December 2008   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 03 April 2020