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Updated: 22 January 2018

The ATSB investigation into an engine malfunction involving an Airbus A330, near the Gold Coast in July 2017, is continuing.

The ATSB has finalised its analysis of the aircraft’s flight data and cockpit voice recorder as well as collected flight crew statements and other evidence and information related to the incident.

The completion of the final report is subject to the receipt and analysis of the final engineering report by the manufacturer of the affected engine.

Before publication of the final report, a draft report will be sent to directly involved parties for comment before the report is finalised.

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


Published: 4 July 2017

The ATSB is investigating an engine malfunction involving Airbus A330, registered 9M-XXT, near Gold Coast, Queensland, on 3 July 2017.

As a result of an in‑flight engine fault, the flight crew elected to divert to Brisbane. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained minor damage.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew and gather additional information, including:

  • The engineering report on the affected engine; and
  • download and analyse data from the flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

A report will be released within several months.

General details
Date: 03 July 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 22:35 EST Investigation phase: Final Report: Approval 
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 
Expected completion: 2nd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus 
Aircraft model: A330-343 
Aircraft registration: 9M-XXT 
Serial number: 1549 
Operator: AirAsia X 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Gold Coast, Qld
Destination:Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Last update 16 April 2018