Brussels A332 over Algeria and Belgium on Dec 11th 2018, engine restarted after failure, other engine repeatedly restarted on approach

Last Update: March 4, 2019 / 23:25:23 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 11, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
SN-358

Aircraft Registration
OO-SFU

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-200

ICAO Type Designator
A332

A Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-200, registration OO-SFU performing flight SN-358 (dep Dec 10th) from Kinshasa (DR Congo) to Brussels (Belgium), was enroute at FL380 over Algeria when the left hand engine (PW4168) failed prompting the crew to drift the aircraft down to below FL270. The crew was subsequently able to re-start the engine in flight about 140nm eastsoutheast of Oued Irara (Algeria), climbed back to FL380 and continued the flight to Brussels for a safe landing about 3:15 hours after the engine was restarted.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Brussels 10 days later.

On Dec 21st 2018 Belgium's AIB reported the aircraft was enroute at FL400 over Algeria when the left hand engine failed. The crew declared PAN PAN PAN and considered to divert to Djerba (Tunisia). The crew was subsequently able to relight the engine and decided to continue to Brussels. While descending towards Brussels, the right hand engine failed and automatically restarted several times. The aircraft landed safely with both engines operating. The occurrence was rated a serious incident and is being investigated. There were no injuries, the level of damage is still being assessed.

The airline suspects fuel contamination at Kinshasa Airport.

On Mar 4th 2019 the US NTSB reported they have assigned an accredited representative, representing the state of manufacture and design of the engines, to join the investigation led by Belgium's AIB. The occurrence was rated a serious incident.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 11, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
SN-358

Aircraft Registration
OO-SFU

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-200

ICAO Type Designator
A332

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