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The ATSB is investigating an engine malfunction involving Airbus A330, registered 9M-XXE, near Carnarvon, Western Australia, on 25 June 2017.

As a result of an in‑flight engine fault, the aircraft was subjected to moderate airframe vibration. The flight crew elected to return to Perth.

As part of the investigation the ATSB will:

  • interview personnel involved
  • examine the engine damage
  • download and analyse data from the flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

A report will be released within several months.

General details
Date: 25 June 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 8:16 WST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):near Carnarvon Occurrence type:Engine failure or malfunction 
State: Western Australia Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: November 2017  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus 
Aircraft model: A330-343X 
Aircraft registration: 9M-XXE 
Serial number: 1075 
Operator: AirAsia X 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Unknown 
Departure point:Perth, WA
Destination:Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Last update 01 August 2017