Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine failure or malfunction involving an Airbus A330, 9M-MTM, near Curtin, Western Australia on 18 January 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating an engine malfunction and in-flight shut down involving an Airbus A330, 9M-MTM, near Curtin, Western Australia on 18 January 2018. 

During cruise, the crew detected a malfunction with the left engine and elected to shut it down. They then diverted the aircraft to Alice Springs where an uneventful single-engine landing was conducted.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain information from the flight crew, engineering reports and recorded data and gather additional information as required.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 18 January 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 06:25 UTC   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Near Curtin Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A333  
Aircraft registration 9M-MTM  
Serial number 1431  
Operator Malaysia Airlines  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Unknown  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  
Last update 18 July 2019