'Emirates A330 Fan Blade - DXB 18 Oct
An EK A330-200 inbound to DXB from BHX last Tuesday 17th initiated a go-around when the #2 RR Trent engine threw a fan blade thru the inlet cowling.'
I thought I would restart this thread in the light of todays FI article which gives further information.
The above quote was from BOE773, and at the time, the photos that were posted appeared to show intake/nacelle damage forward of the front fan area. This is well nigh impossible for a released fan blade both dynamically and practically. A liberated blade would exit adjacent to/slightly behind the rotational plane of the fan, and should be contained by the containment shield around the fan casing.
In FI today:
'Airbus and Emirates are investigating why the right nacelle inlet cowl of an A330-200 suffered a stuctural failure on approach to Dubai in October'
Apparently, the cause of the failure is unclear, but the Bombardier produced inlet cowl clearly suffered a dramatic structural failure from the photo in FI.
Again quoting FI: 'R-R says it was not caused by any engine malfunction and that the Trent continued to function normally after the incident'
That's twice in 2 months that a Trent has suffered a dramatic inlet/nacelle/duct malfunction (2nd - MAS 777) and in both cases continued to run 'normally'. I would say that that was pretty impressive - sorry BOE773!