Qantas B738 near Kalgoorlie on Oct 25th 2021, fuel imbalance and engine shut down in flight

Last Update: October 27, 2021 / 18:11:31 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 25, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
Qantas

Flight number
QF-888

Aircraft Registration
VH-VZT

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Qantas Boeing 737-800, registration VH-VZT performing flight QF-888 from Perth,WA to Adelaide,SA (Australia) with 88 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL390 about 190nm southeast of Kalgoorlie,WA (Australia) when the crew decided to divert to Kalgoorlie due to a fuel imbalance and decided to shut the left hand engine (CFM56) down as a precaution. The aircraft drifted down to FL260 and landed safely on Kalgoorlie's runway 29 about 45 minutes after leaving FL390.

Passengers reported the cabin became very hot, everybody was asking for water. The captain subsequently announced that the left hand engine had been shut down.

The airline reported the crew observed an issue with the fuel system and diverted to the nearest airport Kalgoorlie. Engineers are inspecting the aircraft.

The ATSB reported: "During cruise, the flight crew received a fuel imbalance warning. During completion of the associated checklists, the flight crew conducted a precautionary shutdown of the affected engine. The aircraft was diverted to Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, Western Australia and landed without further incident." The occurrence was rated a serious incident and is being investigated (short investigation anticipated to conclude in 2nd quarter of 2022).

The passengers were flown back to Perth on flight QF-1611 (A320 VH-UVQ) and were accommodated in Perth over night.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Kalgoorlie about 55 hours after landing.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 25, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
Qantas

Flight number
QF-888

Aircraft Registration
VH-VZT

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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