Sriwijaya B738 at Dili on Dec 15th 2018, compressor stalls on departure

Last Update: January 8, 2019 / 22:03:37 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 15, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Sriwijaya

Flight number
SJ-271

Departure
Dili

Aircraft Registration
PK-CRE

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Sriwijaya Boeing 737-800, registration PK-CRE performing flight SJ-271 from Dili (East Timor) to Denpasar (Indonesia), was climbing out of Dili's runway 26 when the right hand engine (CFM56) emitted a loud bang and streaks of flame, about 10 seconds later another bang and streaks of flame and another 10 seconds later a third bang associated with streaks of flame. The crew worked the related checklists, the engine stabilized, the crew continued the flight to Denpasar climbing the aircraft to cruise level 340 and landed safely in Denpasar about 90 minutes after departure.

East Timor's Civil Aviation Authority (AACTL) reported they received a preliminary report from the airline suggesting there was a problem with the airflow in the compressor. The crew worked the related checklists and recovered the engine. The aircraft continued to destination. The AACTL asked the airline to not use the aircraft on flights to Dili until the report, all inspections and checks are completed.

Two passengers reported independently that there were three bangs from the right hand engine in intervals of about 10 seconds each associated with flames from the engine exhaust, shouts of "FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!" occurred (one passenger believed this to be an automatic fire alarm, the other reported a flight attendant was shouting), flight attendants were rushing through the aisles carrying fire extinguishers, announcements were made the passengers should retrieve and put on their life jackets. The aircraft stopped climbing for some time. About 45 minutes later the passengers were instructed to remove the life jackets and the flight continued to Denpasar. No explanation but "engine problem" was provided.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Denpasar for about 30 hours before returning to service.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 15, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Sriwijaya

Flight number
SJ-271

Departure
Dili

Aircraft Registration
PK-CRE

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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