NTSB Identification: ENG10WA034
Incident occurred Tuesday, June 15, 2010 in Boston, MA
Aircraft: AIRBUS A330, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable

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

On June 15, 2010, an Alitalia Airbus A330-202, registration number EI-DIP, flight number AZ615 experienced a reported No. 1 engine (left engine)fire during takeoff from the Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). The No. 1 engine power setting was brought back to idle and an air turn back to BOS was performed where an uneventful landing was accomplished. No reported injuries were reported to any of the passengers or crew members. The No. 1 engine, a General Electric CF6-80E1A4 turbofan, was shutdown during the landing roll. The flight was a regularly scheduled 14 CFR Part 129 flight from Boston, Massachusetts, USA - Logan International Airport (BOS)to Rome, Italy - Leonardo da Vinci International Airport(Fiumicino)(FCO).

According to witnesses, fire and smoke wereobserved coming from the No. 1 engine tailpipe during takeoff. The pilot reported that during the event, an Engine Condition and Monitoring (ECAM) exhaust gas temperature (EGT) increase message was observed as well as N1 (fan and low pressure rotor speed) overspeed. Examination of the No. 1 engine revealed no under cowl fire damage, but oil and metal particles were found in the engine’s tailpipe. The oil magnetic chip collector was removed and was found to be covered with metal shavings. The flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) have both been requested to be sent to the NTSB Headquarters for download and readout.

Examination of the data from the FDR and the airplane's quick access recorder (QAR) revealed no indications of a No. 1 engine overspeed or over temperature event. This investigation has been delegated to the Italian authorities.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Italy. Further information pertaining to this incident may be obtained from:

Agenzia nazionale per la sicurezza del volo
Via A. Benigni, 53
00156 Rome

Tel.: 39 068 207 8219 / 39 068 207 8200
Fax: 39 068 273 672

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

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