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The ATSB is investigating an engine surge and high vibrations, involving an Airbus A330, VH-EBR, near Gold Coast, Queensland, on 14 April 2018.

During the climb, the crew detected abnormal engine indications and airframe vibrations from the left engine, and elected to reduce the thrust to idle. The crew carried out an air return to Brisbane for an uneventful landing.

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: 14 April 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 2300 UTC Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):near Gold Coast Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus 
Aircraft model: A330-202 
Aircraft registration: VH-EBR 
Serial number: 1251 
Operator: Qantas Airways 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Unknown 
Departure point:Brisbane, Qld
Destination:Auckland, New Zealand
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Last update 21 September 2018