This investigation report was originally released in August 2012. This revision contains an update based on additional information from the outcomes of the engine manufacturer’s internal investigation into the occurrence.
On 16 October 2011, at about 1033 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), a Boeing 747-438 aircraft, registered VH-OJS, operated by Qantas Airways, departed Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand on a scheduled passenger flight to Sydney, Australia.
About 8 minutes into the flight, as the aircraft was climbing through 13,000 ft, the crew reported hearing a loud bang and experiencing vibrations and abnormal indications from the No. 3 engine. Fumes were also reported in the cabin for several minutes after the event.
The flight crew shutdown the engine and broadcast a ‘PAN’ before jettisoning approximately 55 tonnes of fuel and returning to Bangkok where the aircraft landed safely at 1147 UTC. The engine failure was fully contained and there were no reported injuries to passengers or crew.
On 16 October 2011 at 1033 Coordinated Universal Time, a Boeing Company 747-438 aircraft registered VH-OJS, operated by Qantas Airways departed Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand on a scheduled passenger flight to Sydney, Australia. Shortly after takeoff, the flight crew reported hearing a loud bang and experiencing vibrations and abnormal indications from the No.3 engine. The flight crew shut the engine down and declared a PAN before returning the aircraft safely to Bangkok.
Disassembly and inspection of the engine revealed that the engine failure was as a result of the release of a single, stage 7, intermediate pressure compressor blade from the compressor disc slot. The factors contributing to the blade release are the subject of an ongoing investigation by the engine manufacturer. If further information becomes available relating to the engine failure, the ATSB will update this report.
|Date:||16 October 2011||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1041 UTC||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok, Thailand|
|State:||International||Occurrence type:||Engine failure or malfunction|
|Release date:||03 August 2012||Occurrence class:||Technical|
|Report status:||Final||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||The Boeing Company|
|Operator||Qantas Airways Limited|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Minor|
|Departure point||Bangkok, Thailand|