KLM B773 near Irkutsk on Dec 31st 2020, engine trouble

Last Update: February 15, 2021 / 09:15:18 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 31, 2020

Classification
Incident

Airline
KLM

Flight number
KL-896

Aircraft Registration
PH-BVA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

A KLM Boeing 777-300, registration PH-BVA performing flight KL-896 from Shanghai Pudong (China) to Amsterdam (Netherlands) with only flight crew carrying cargo only, was enroute at FL320 about 60nm southeast of Irkutsk (Russia) when the crew reported problems with the left hand engine (GE90) and decided to divert to Beijing (China). The aircraft drifted down to FL280 first, turned around, further drifted down to FL250 and landed safely on Beijing's runway 01 about 3.5 hours after leaving FL320.

The aircraft is still on the ground in Beijing on Jan 11th 2021.

The airline reported a technical problem prompted the diversion to Beijing.

On Jan 1st 2021 The Aviation Herald received information that at some time into the diversion the left hand engine was shut down. After landing maintenance found metallic chips in the engine's magnetic chip detector.

On Jan 11th 2021 The Aviation Herald received information that a replacemnet engine is being flown to Beijing but needs to be mounted by local maintenance due to Corona restrictions/quarantine imposed on KLM maintenance engineers, if they'd fly in.

On Feb 8th 2021 The Aviation Herald learned, that the left hand engine of PH-BVA was replaced, engine runs of both engines on Feb 4th 2021 were successful. On Feb 7th 2021 a crew was flown in to Beijing via Seoul (South Korea) with B772 PH-BQA on flight KL-855, that continued to Beijing as flight KL-892 arriving in Beijing in the wee hours of Feb 8th 2021. PH-BVA was scheduled to return to Amsterdam as flight KL-898 on Feb 7th 2021 and was delayed to Feb 8th 2021. During push back of PH-BVA the crew received a fault indication on the right hand engine, the aircraft was returned back on stand, the crew boarded PH-BQA again and returned to Amsterdam with PH-BQA as flight KL-892. Flight KL-898 was subsequently cancelled. PH-BVA still remains on the ground in Beijing as per Feb 8th 2021.

On Feb 15th 2021 another Boeing 777-200 registration PH-BQN returned from Seoul to Amsterdam via Beijing as flight KL-892 delivering a crew for PH-BVA to Beijing, this time PH-BVA was able to depart and return to Amsterdam as flight KL-898 landing at the home base at around 05:58L (04:58Z), PH-BQN landed in Amsterdam about 12 minutes later.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
PH-BVA
Country of Registration
Netherlands
Date of Registration
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Airworthyness Category
Legal Basis
Manufacturer
The Boeing Company
Aircraft Model / Type
777-300ER
ICAO Aircraft Type
B77W
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine
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Engine Type
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 31, 2020

Classification
Incident

Airline
KLM

Flight number
KL-896

Aircraft Registration
PH-BVA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

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