ENG09WA012
ENG09WA012

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) reported that on August 21, 2009, a Virgin Blue Boeing 737-800 airplane registered in Australia as VH-VOC, experienced two compressor surges in the left engine, a CFMI CFM56-7, shortly after takeoff from Launceton (LST), Tasmania, Australia. The pilots reduced the left engine's thrust to idle and returned to LST without further incident. A subsequent borescope inspection of the engine revealed damage to the high pressure compressor. The engine was replaced.

This incident is under the investigation of the ATSB. Any inquiries regarding this incident should be directed to the ATSB at:

62 Northbourne Avenue
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (02) 6257 4150
Fax: (02) 6247 3117

Postal address:
PO Box 967
Civic Square ACT 2608

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