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Accredited representative to the Japan Transport Safety Board’s investigation of abnormal engine behaviour during decent involving Boeing 787, VH-VKJ on 29 March 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB has been nominated as an accredited representative to the Japan Transport Safety Board’s investigation of an abnormal engine behaviour occurrence involving Boeing 787-8 VH-VKJ on 29 March 2019.

At approximately 15,000 feet during descent into Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan, the flight crew received an engine thrust warning on the number 2 engine, which subsequently started to surge. The crew then received an engine fail indication on the number 1 engine, without indication of any engine power loss.

That warning was followed by an engine fail warning on the number 2 engine. The number 2 engine auto relight activated and the engine continued to surge during the descent.

General details
Date: 29 March 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 09:05 UTC   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: near Osaka, Japan    
State: International   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model B787  
Aircraft registration VH-VKJ  
Serial number 36236  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Cairns, Queensland, Australia  
Destination Osaka, Japan  
Last update 19 June 2020