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Engine power loss and low-speed rejected take-off involving Airbus A320-232, VH-VFF, Brisbane Airport, Queensland, on 23 October 2020

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating an engine power loss and low speed rejected take-off involving an Airbus A320-232, registered VH-VFF, that occurred at Brisbane Airport, Queensland, on 23 October 2020.

During the take-off, at about 40 kt, the crew received a right engine ‘stall’ warning, and experienced a yaw to the right. The crew rejected the take-off, and the aircraft was stopped on the runway. Air traffic control recalled seeing a flash from the right engine and another aircraft advised VH-VFF that they had observed flames coming from the right engine. Air traffic control alerted the airport fire services who attended and inspected the aircraft on the runway. The aircraft was considered to be safe and returned to the parking bay where both engines were shut down.

An initial engineering inspection did not identify any external defects, however a small amount of debris was identified in the right engine’s turbine exit duct. An internal borescope inspection of the right engine was conducted and damage was identified at the tips of some blades in the compressor section, necessitating the replacement of the engine.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the flight crew, and a review of the maintenance documentation, recorded flight data, and the post-incident engineering inspection report for the right engine.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 23 October 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 10:00 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Brisbane Airport   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-232  
Aircraft registration VH-VFF  
Serial number 5039  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Brisbane, Queensland  
Destination Cairns, Queensland  
Last update 09 February 2021