NTSB Identification: ENG06WA010
Incident occurred Monday, February 13, 2006 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Aircraft: Boeing 737, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable

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

After take off from Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport (GRU), the flight crew of a Varig Boeing 737 reported experiencing a strong engine stall on the No. 1 engine, a General Electric CFM56-3 engine followed by high vibrations during the climb out phase of flight. Crewmembers and passenger reported a flame coming out of the No. 1 engine during the reported engine stall. Pilot performed an in-flight shutdown of the No. 1 engine and reported no No.1 engine fire warnings were annunciated or illuminated. Pilot performed an air turn back to GRU airport for an uneventful landing. After landing VARIG inspectors reported severe fan blade damage with several blades fractured near the fan mid span shroud, heavy impact damage to the fan inlet case and holes in the inlet cowling.

The accident is being investigated by the Brazilian CENIPA.

Centro de Investigação e Prevenção de Acidentes Aeronauticos - CENIPA
SHIS - QI 05 - Área Especial 12
Brasilia - DF - CEP 71615-600

Tel.: (55) 61 3365 1008 / (55) 61 3364 8800
E-mail: notifications@cenipa.aer.mil.br
Fax: (55) 61 3365 1004
Telex: 0611152 CENIPA SBBR
Website: http://www.cenipa.aer.mil/br

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

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