Aviation safety investigations & reports

Accredited Representative (State of Registry and State of the Operator of the aircraft) - Engine failure involving Airbus A380, VH-OQL, near Dubai International Airport, UAE on 27 March 2014

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 27 March 2014 the No. 3 engine failed on a Qantas Airbus 380 aircraft, registered VH-OQL, as it passed 2,000 ft on climb following take-off from Dubai Airport, United Arab Emirates (UAE). In response, the crew dumped fuel to reduce the aircraft’s landing weight and returned to Dubai. No injuries were reported.

As the incident occurred in the UAE, the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is responsible for investigating this occurrence. As part of its investigation, the GCAA requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), representing the State of Registry and the State of the Operator of the aircraft. This included accessing the operator and supporting the GCAA investigation. In accordance with clause 5.18 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, the ATSB appointed an accredited representative to the GCAA investigation. In addition, an external investigation was initiated under the provisions of the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The ATSB has finalised its support of this investigation. The GCAA is responsible for, and will administer the release of the final investigation report into this occurrence. Any enquiries regarding the GCAA investigation and report should, in the first instance, be directed to the:

Director GCAA AAIS
PO Box 6558 Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 2 444 7666
Facsimile: +971 2 449 1599
Email: accid@gcaa.gov.ae
Web: www.gcaa.gov.ae

GCAA report reference: AIFN/0005/2014

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General details
Date: 27 March 2014   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 21:49 UTC   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Dubai International Airport    
State: International   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 07 January 2016   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A380-842  
Aircraft registration VH-OQL  
Serial number 0074  
Operator Qantas  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Dubai, UAE  
Destination London, UK  
Last update 14 November 2018