Malindo AT72 at Penang on May 28th 2015, engine fire indication

Last Update: May 19, 2020 / 20:45:05 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 28, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OD-1165

Aircraft Registration
9M-LMG

Aircraft Type
ATR ATR-72-200

ICAO Type Designator
AT72

A Malindo Air Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, registration 9M-LMG performing flight OD-1165 from Penang to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), was climbing out of Penang's runway 04 when after flaps retraction at 800 feet AGL the crew received a left hand engine (PW127M) fire indication, the crew stopped the climb at 4000 feet, carried out the related memory items, requested vectors for a return to Penang's runway 04 via the ILS and landed safely on runway 04.

On Jun 2nd 2015 the French BEA reported in their weekly bulletin that the Malaysian Accident Investigation Board rated the occurrence an incident and opened an investigation.

Malaysia's DGCA released their final report concluding the probable cause of the serious incident was:

The probable cause of the engine fire is due to the fuel leak from No. 3 fuel nozzle manifold ‘B’ nut.

The DGCA described the sequence of events:

After flap retraction climbing passing approximately 800 feet, engine fire warning came on EWD. The flight crew carried out all the required procedures, discharged both fire extinguishers and requested for air turn back to PEN.

The aircraft safely landed at the airport. At landing it has been confirmed that there was no fire anymore. There were no passengers on board and the crew members disembarked safely with no injuries.

The DGCA analysed:

Aircraft operated out of SZB to PEN, and the flight was normal until it landed at PEN.

After landing in PEN, the Captain reported that the aircraft have radio failure that requires the aircraft to be grounded in PEN while waiting the rescue team to arrive and troubleshoot.

After troubleshooting, nil defect was found and the aircraft ready for reposition flight back to SZB.

Not long after take-off from PEN, no. 1 engine fire warning illuminated, the flight crew carried out all the necessary procedures and turn the aircraft back to PEN.

There was no injury to crew and passengers on board.

Pratt & Whitney Canada performed a fleet review with respect to the engine fire issues and concluded:

- Production/Quality issue can be ruled out as source for B-nut cracking
- Soutce of contamination/corrosive agent is still undetermined, P&WC and Lion Group are still investigating.
- Replacement of all manifolds potentially exposed by end of November (2015)
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 28, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OD-1165

Aircraft Registration
9M-LMG

Aircraft Type
ATR ATR-72-200

ICAO Type Designator
AT72

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