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Engine failure - Boeing 717-200, VH-NXE, 37 km east of Perth, WA, 2 May 2011

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
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On 2 May 2011, a Boeing 717 aircraft, registered VH-NXE and operated by Cobham Aviation, was on a scheduled flight from Perth to Newman, WA. During the climb, the left engine failed. After completing safety checks and declaring a PAN, the crew returned the aircraft to Perth and landed without incident. An engine inspection identified blade failures in the left engine's high-pressure turbine (HPT) module. After disassembly, it was determined that the loss of a single HPT blade due to a fatigue failure had occurred.

The engine manufacturer had implemented a number of modifications to the HPT blades since 2003; culminating in a new-design blade, designated the Mk II. The subject engine had not been retrofitted with Mk II blades at the time of the occurrence.

The manufacturer had issued three service bulletins (SB) to operators regarding the installation and modification of engines with previous-design HPT blades. The operator is complying with these SB requirements; modifications have been scheduled to the engine fleet and are in progress with the manufacturer.

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General details
Date: 02 May 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0552 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 37 km east of Perth Airport    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 14 March 2012   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 717  
Aircraft registration VH-NXE  
Serial number 55063  
Operator Cobham Aviation  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Unknown  
Departure point Perth, WA  
Destination Mt Newman,WA  
Last update 14 November 2018