Serious incident Airbus A320-271N VT-ITW, Thursday 3 January 2019
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Date:Thursday 3 January 2019
Time:c. 15:06 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A20N model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A320-271N
Owner/operator:IndiGo Airlines
Registration: VT-ITW
MSN: 7618
Year of manufacture:2017
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney PW1127G-JM
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 174
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:NE of Chennai Airport -   India
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Chennai Airport (MAA/VOMM)
Destination airport:Kolkata-Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU/VECC)
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
While climbing out of FL210, there was sudden loud bang sound heard by the crew and an engine stall. Engine overheat and sparks were noticed on the no.2 (right) PW1127G engine followed by smoke in the cabin. Flight 6E923 returned and landed back at Chennai. There are internal damages were confined to engine no. 2.
The aircraft re-entered service on January 14.

Probable Cause of the Incident
The incident was caused by failure of LPT 3rd stage blades in flight as the blade material lacked crack growth resistance and damage tolerance to withstand any impact from material that may have liberated upstream

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 4 months
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 May 2018 VT-ITW IndiGo Airlines 0 Chennai ACC non
Near miss with other aircraft
16 January 2020 VT-ITW IndiGo Airlines 0 near Pune unk

Revision history:

17-Jan-2019 17:46 harro Added

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