Iberia Express A320 at Frankfurt on Jun 21st 2013, engine shut down in flight, engine fire indication, 4 minutes airborne

Last Update: June 22, 2013 / 01:35:42 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 21, 2013

Classification
Incident

Flight number
I2-3645

Destination
Madrid, Spain

Aircraft Registration
EC-FGV

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An Iberia Express Airbus A320-200, registration EC-FGV performing flight I2-3645 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Madrid,SP (Spain), was climbing out of Frankfurt's runway 18 when the left hand engine (CFM56) emitted a series of bangs and emitted streaks of flames. The crew stopped the climb at 2000 feet, entered a right hand turn of 270 degrees, shut the engine down, activated the engine fire suppression system and landed safely on Frankfurt's runway 07R. Emergency services did not need to intervene.

Germany's DFS (air traffic control) reported the crew reported an engine failure, entered a right hand turn to return to the southern runway of Frankfurt, then reported an engine fire indication. The aircraft departed at 12:42L (10:42Z) and landed at 12:46L (10:46Z).

Frankfurt Airport reported flames were visible from ground, emergency services responded to the emergency and reached the aircraft immediately after it came to a stop, however, the fire had already been extinguished supposedly by the aircraft's onboard fire suppression systems. The aircraft was able to taxi to the apron, where passengers disembarked normally.

Observers on the ground reported the engine emitted repeated loud bangs accompanied by streaks of flame.

Ground observer Peter Tretter reported, that the takeoff run along runway 18 appeared normal, no unusual noises were heard from the aircraft. No birds were seen in the vicinity of the runway except for a falcon which hovered abeam of the runway above the grass area. Peter lost the aircraft out of sight immediately after rotation until it surprisingly appeared again on approach to runway 07R in opposite direction to active runways 25. Engine #1 was already shut down at that point, Peter did not observe flames from the engine.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 21, 2013

Classification
Incident

Flight number
I2-3645

Destination
Madrid, Spain

Aircraft Registration
EC-FGV

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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