PIA A313 at Karachi on Nov 18th 2012, engine shut down in flight

Last Update: November 18, 2012 / 20:17:04 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 18, 2012

Classification
Incident

Flight number
PK-787

Aircraft Registration
AP-BEB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A310-300

ICAO Type Designator
A313

A PIA Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A310-300, registration AP-BEB performing flight PK-787 from Karachi (Pakistan) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 168 people on board, was in the initial climb out of one of the runways 25 when the left hand engine (CF6) emitted about three loud bangs associated with streaks of flames. The crew stopped the climb at about 2000 feet, shut the engine down and returned to the same runway for a safe landing about 23 minutes after takeoff.

The airline stated that the engine encountered a technical malfunction prompting the crew to shut the engine down, reports in Pakistani media of an engine fire are unfounded. A number of passengers were rebooked onto other flights, a replacement aircraft with 147 passengers departed later and is estimated to reach London with a delay of 4 hours.

A replacement Airbus A310-300 registration AP-BEU departed about 3:20 hours after landing and is estimated to reach London with a delay of 4 hours.

The engine is being replaced after high pressure turbine blades were found damaged.

The most likely cause of an engine emitting a bang (or series of bangs) associated with brief streak(s) of flames is a compressor stall or engine surge.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 18, 2012

Classification
Incident

Flight number
PK-787

Aircraft Registration
AP-BEB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A310-300

ICAO Type Designator
A313

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