Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine vibrations and in-flight shutdown involving Airbus A330, VH-QPI, near Sydney Airport, NSW, on 1 June 2018

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


The ATSB is investigating an engine vibration and in-flight shutdown involving Qantas Airways Airbus A330, VH-QPI, near Sydney Airport, NSW, on 1 June 2018.

During the initial climb from Sydney Airport, the flight crew detected abnormal engine and airframe vibrations, along with abnormal engine indications from the right engine. The flight crew stopped the climb at 7,000 ft and shut down the right engine. The crew then elected to return to Sydney and conducted 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: 01 June 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1220 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Sydney Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A330-303  
Aircraft registration VH-QPI  
Serial number 0705  
Operator Qantas Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Bangkok, Thailand  
Last update 24 June 2020