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CSA Takeoff Engine Explosion At RJK

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:39 pm

Just reported in the morning paper:

A CSA A321, flight 8309 RJK-PRG, suffered "an engine explosion" during takeoff from RJK on the night of July 18th. After takeoff, the left engine "exploded", apparently while the a/c was still close to the ground, since the paper reports the burning fuel from the engine set off a minor fire at RJK, reducing visibility and preventing the A321 from making an emergency landing there. The crew proceeded to nearby PUY, landing with the remaining engine without mishaps. All 159 pax and 7 crew members unharmed.

Link in Croatian: http://www.jutarnji.hr/dogadjaji_dan...06,7,19,zrakoplov_nesreca,36499.jl

[Edited 2006-07-20 09:42:37]
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RE: CSA Takeoff Engine Explosion At RJK

Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:13 pm

Sounds like a contained fan blade failure - the engine probably wouldnt spew burning fuel onto the ground, but there is an impressive gasous fireball usually - be surprised if it lit off some grass, but you never know I guess. There would probably be some hot bits of metal and exhaust lining ejected out from the back of the engine -perhaps thats what caused the fire?

It happens - the CFM56 is a very reliable engine, but it does happen occasionally.
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RE: CSA Takeoff Engine Explosion At RJK

Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:33 pm

It was this A-321, OK-CEC (ex-AC C-GKOH)


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RE: CSA Takeoff Engine Explosion At RJK

Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:00 pm

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 1):
Sounds like a contained fan blade failure - the engine probably wouldnt spew burning fuel onto the ground, but there is an impressive gasous fireball usually - be surprised if it lit off some grass, but you never know I guess

So far, the media is still reporting "burning fuel", however, I managed to find a pic in another paper, and indeed, what appeared to be burning was the grass to the right of the runway. However, the shot was taken from the ground and did not extend enough to show the state of the runway. Several people I have spoken with in the past few days also point to some general blade problem as the likely cause, but nobody's hazzarding an exact guess.
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RE: CSA Takeoff Engine Explosion At RJK

Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:04 pm

An A321 operating from RJK? That has got to be a tight fit for the passengers inside the terminal - I have been there late last year and the airside part is just the size of a large living room.
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RE: CSA Takeoff Engine Explosion At RJK

Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:38 pm

Talked yesterday with mechanic who went to Pula to repair OK-CEC. According him no fuel leak, just mechanical failure of the engine, which was replaced and aircraft is in service again. Grass fire caused by hot pieces from the engine. Very hot and very dry period now in Croatia and grass around rwys not cut.
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