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Engine failure involving Airbus A320, VH-VFY, near Narrabri Airport, NSW, on 22 September 2016

Investigation number:
AO-2016-123
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

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On 22 September 2016, at 1608 Eastern Standard Time, a Jetstar Airways Airbus A320-232 aircraft, registered VH-VFY, operated a scheduled passenger flight, JQ956, from Sydney, New South Wales, to Cairns, Queensland.

At about 1630, a cabin crewmember notified the flight crew and the CM of an unusual odour in the cabin. The CM left the flight deck to conduct an inspection of the cabin and detected a burnt electrical type odour present in rows 1 to 5. They notified the flight crew and continued to inspect the cabin.

At 1632, the flight crew received an ENG 2 OIL FILTER CLOG message on the electronic centralised aircraft monitor (ECAM) system. The message was an advisory message and did not require any flight crew actions. During this time, all engine indications were within normal limits.

At 1644 the cabin crew detected smoke entering the cabin and the CM instructed the cabin crew to stop the cabin service and stow the cabin carts. The CM reported to the flight crew, that light smoke was entering the full length of the cabin through the overhead air conditioning vents. As the flight crew received this report, they detected a vibration and unusual noise from the right engine and the aircraft yawed to the right. At the same time, the ECAM displayed the message ENG 2 FAIL.

The flight crew then commenced the engine failure checklist and switched on the seat belt sign. While conducting the checklist, they observed smoke coming from the cockpit ventilation system. The flight crew donned oxygen masks, and in accordance with the engine failure checklist, depressed the right engine fire button. This action isolated the engine systems from the rest of the aircraft and shortly after, the flight crew observed that the smoke had dissipated and they removed their oxygen masks.

The flight proceeded to Brisbane Airport and landed without further incident. No persons were injured in the incident and the aircraft was not damaged.

This incident highlights the importance of effective crew management techniques, training and robust emergency procedures.

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General details
Date: 22 September 2016   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 16:47 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Narrabri Airport, N 28 km    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 27 April 2017   Occurrence class: Infrastructure  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-232  
Aircraft registration VH-VFY  
Serial number 6362  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Cairns, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018