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Malaysia Airlines, Airbus A330-300, 9M-MTM: Incident occurred January 18, 2018 near Curtin, Western Australia

Scheduled 14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Incident occurred Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Alice Springs, Australia
Aircraft: AIRBUS A330, registration:
Injuries: 255 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On January 18, 2018, about 14:25 Western Australian standard time, a Malaysian-registered Airbus A330-323 airplane had the No. 1 engine, a Pratt & Whitney PW4168A engine shutdown by the flight crew after it had compressor stalls. The airplane, which was operating from Sydney, Australia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia diverted to Alice Springs, Australia for landing. There were no injuries to the 2 flight crew, 8 flight attendants, and 245 passengers on board.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating this incident.

All inquiries concerning this incident should be the directed to the ATSB.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
62 Northbourne Avenue
Canberra ACT 2601

Investigation number: AO-2018-007

Engine failure or malfunction involving an Airbus A330, 9M-MTM, near Curtin, Western Australia on January 18, 2018


The ATSB is investigating an engine malfunction and in-flight shut down involving an Airbus A330, 9M-MTM, near Curtin, Western Australia on January 18, 2018. 

During cruise, the crew detected a malfunction with the left engine and elected to shut it down. They then diverted the aircraft to Alice Springs where an uneventful single-engine landing was conducted.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain information from the flight crew, engineering reports and recorded data and gather additional information as required.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

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