Argentinas B38M near Cordoba on Dec 14th 2018, engine vibrations as result of weather

Last Update: January 29, 2019 / 18:00:31 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 14, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
AR-1324

Aircraft Registration
LV-HKU

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800MAX

ICAO Type Designator
B38M

An Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737-8MAX, registration LV-HKU performing flight AR-1324 from Buenos Aires,BA (Argentina) to Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), was enroute at FL310 about 20nm west of Cordoba,CD (Argentina) and bout 270nm south of Tucuman,TU (Argentina) when the aircraft entered a zone of adverse weather, an engine (LEAP) began to vibrate as result. The crew reduced the engine to idle thrust, drifted the aircraft down to FL270 and diverted to Tucuman where the aircraft entered a hold to burn off fuel and landed safely on runway 02 about 3 hours after leaving FL310.

A replacement Boeing 737-8MAX registration LV-HKW departed Tucuman about 7.5 hours after LV-HKU landed and is estimated to reach Punta Cana with a delay of about 9.5 hours.

On Dec 15th 2018 The Aviation Herald learned that while flying in that zone of adverse weather one of the engines began to vibrate prompting the crew to reduce the engine to idle and divert to Tucuman. Initial information, confirmed by the airline, had indicated an engine failure and shut down of the engine.

The occurrence aircraft returned to service about 29.5 hours after landing in Tucuman.

On Jan 29th 2019 Argentina's JIAAC reported the aircraft entered a zone of adverse weather which caused the failure of the left hand engine (LEAP) and prompted the crew to return to Tucuman. After analysing the data the JIAAC rated the occurrence an incident and opened an investigation.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 14, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
AR-1324

Aircraft Registration
LV-HKU

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800MAX

ICAO Type Designator
B38M

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