Aviation safety investigations & reports

Total power loss - Boeing 747, VH-OJD, near Changi Airport, Singapore, 5 November 2010

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 5 November 2010, a Boeing Company 747-438 aircraft, registered VH-OJD departed Changi Airport, Singapore on a scheduled flight to Sydney, New South Wales. When the aircraft was climbing through 2,000 ft, a loud bang was heard accompanied with aircraft yaw and vibration. The crew shut down the number one engine, declared a PAN and received approval from air traffic control for a return to Singapore. The crew then jettisoned fuel for about forty minutes. Emergency services were in attendance when the aircraft landed safely a short time later.

A subsequent examination confirmed that the engine had sustained serious damage as the result of a compressor blade release from the stage 1 high pressure compressor (HPC 1). The engine was replaced and the aircraft returned to service.

The aircraft operator is continuing to bring their RB211-524G engines to the latest modification status at engine shop visits. However, should the rate of engine failures increase significantly a review of current modification policy will be undertaken.

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General details
Date: 05 November 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1217 UTC   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Changi Airport, Singapore    
State: International   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 16 May 2011   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 Serious  
Departure point Singapore  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018