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After take-off, air traffic control notified the crew that during taxi a visible paper trail was reportedly emanating from the number two engine. The crew returned the aircraft to Auckland where it was determined ground crew had left a clipboard on the engine inlet cowling, which was subsequently ingested into the engine. The ATSB will interview the flight and ground crew and gather additional information.

The investigation is expected to take several months to complete.

General details
Date: 27 October 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 19:15 UTC Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Auckland International Airport Occurrence type:Foreign object damage 
State: International Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: February 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus 
Aircraft model: A320-232 
Aircraft registration: VH-VGY 
Serial number: 4177 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Auckland NZ
Destination:Sydney, NSW
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Last update 10 November 2017