NTSB Identification: DCA05WA046
Incident occurred Friday, March 18, 2005 in Launceston, Australia
Aircraft: Boeing 717-200, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

A Boeing 717-200 aircraft experienced a No. 2 engine failure during the climb to cruise altitude. After securing the failed engine, the flight crew declared a PAN condition and continued the flight to Melbourne where the aircraft landed uneventfully. Examination of the failed BR715-A1-30 engine confirmed a mechanical failure within the engine high-pressure turbine section. The failure was traced to the fatigue fracture and loss of a single stage-1 high-pressure turbine blade, with the resultant cascading mechanical damage to the downstream turbine elements and the initiation of a high-temperature titanium metal fire within the high-pressure compressor stages.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Australian ATSB. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
P.O. Box 967, Civic Square
Canberra A.C.T. 2608
Australia

Tel.: (61) 2 6274-6464
(61) 2 6257-4150
E-mail: atsbinfo@atsb.gov.au
Fax: (61) 2 6274-6474
AFTN: ASCOYLYX
Website: http://www.atsb.gov.au

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information obtained for, or released by, the Government of Australia.

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