Aviation safety investigations & reports

Boeing 737-376 VH-TAJ, Sydney NSW, 21 December 1991

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 21 December 1991, at 1646 hours Eastern Summer Time, a Boeing 737-376, VH-TAJ, operating a scheduled passenger service, landed at Sydney (Ktngsford Smith) Airport, Shortly after reverse thrust was selected, a failure occurred in the right engine. The aircraft veered abruptly from the runway centreline and oscillated laterally before being stabilised. Two .flight attendants who were in forward facing seats in the rear of the aircraft received minor injuries during the aircraft deceleration, when their restraint system permitted excessive lateral movement. The investigation determined that the right engine failed .following the. ingestion of a thrust reverser cascade, which had detached as a result of a fatigue failure of; the mounting flange. The flight attendants' seat and restraint system did not comply with applicable Australian design requirements.
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General details
Date: 21 December 1991   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1646 ESuT    
Location   (show map): Sydney    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 20 March 1994   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737  
Aircraft registration VH-TAJ  
Serial number 23484  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Brisbane, QLD  
Destination Melbourne, VIC  
Last update 13 May 2014