Air China B773 at Washington on Sep 17th 2019, engine surges

Last Update: September 18, 2019 / 18:52:33 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 17, 2019

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air China

Flight number
CA-818

Destination
Beijing, China

Aircraft Registration
B-2035

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

An Air China Boeing 777-300, registration B-2035 performing flight CA-818 from Washington Dulles,DC (USA) to Beijing (China) with 219 people on board, was climbing out of Dulles' runway 01R when tower reported fire from the left hand engine (GE90), the crew confirmed they had lost some thrust on the left hand engine. The left hand engine was repeatedly emitting bangs and streaks of flame. The crew requested to climb out on runway heading, was cleared to maintain 3000 feet but climbed so slowly that departure became concerned with terrain 10nm ahead of the aircraft instructing the flight, still at 1600 feet, to climb to 4000 feet. The crew explained they were so heavy with 120 tons of fuel they were climbing so slowly. Departure then changed strategy, instructed the aircraft to turn right over open terrain and maintain 2000 feet. After the turn had been completed the crew assured there was no engine fire, they had just lost some of the thrust from the left hand engine and requested to dump fuel, was cleared to climb to 6000 feet, dumped fuel and returned to Washington for a safe landing on runway 01R about one hour after departure.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 17, 2019

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air China

Flight number
CA-818

Destination
Beijing, China

Aircraft Registration
B-2035

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

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