NTSB Identification: ENG09RA003
Incident occurred Tuesday, January 06, 2009 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Aircraft: BOEING 777, registration:
Injuries: 332 Uninjured.

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

On January 1, 2009, a Vietnam Airlines Boeing 777-200, registration VN-A143, flight number VN224, departed the Tan Son Nhat Airport, SGN (Ho Chi Minh City) and while climbing through 8,000 feet, a loud metallic noise was heard followed by a L ENGINE FAIL EICAS message, airplane vibration, and a acid burning smelled followed by rapidly by a FIRE ENGINE LEFT warning. The flight crew performed the engine fire checklist and the fire warning ceased after discharging the first fire bottle. The flight crew declared an emergency and returned to SGN for a successful single engine landing. There were no reported injuries to the two flight crew members, twelve cabin crew members or the 318 passengers on board.

The accident is being investigated by the Vietnamese Civil Aviation Administration. Further information pertaining to this incident may be obtained from:

Director General
Civil Aviation Administration
Gia Lam Airport

Tel.: (84) 4 827 3384
Fax: (84) 4 827 1913
Telex: 412242 BGTVT VT

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

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