Brussels Airlines Airbus A330 Experiences Dual Engine Failure

A Brussels Airlines A330 lost power to both engines Simple Flying has learnt. According to a recently released report, both engines failed during the flight. Thankfully the engines failed at separate times, however, the incident is still alarming. The first engine failure occurred at high altitude, while the second occurred as the aircraft was approaching its intended destination. Thankfully the aircraft went on to land without incident. However, following the incident, the engine failure was formally investigated. The airline is still grounded pending the final outcome of the investigation.

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A Brussels Airlines A330 lost both engines recently. Photo: J. David Buerk/Brussels Airlines

What Happened?

Flight SN358 was travelling from Kinshasa to Brussels on December 10th. The aircraft, OO-SFU, had climbed to 40,000ft without incident. Onboard the aircraft were 182 passengers and 12 crew members. However, after cruising for a while the left-hand engine shut down. This was announced to the crew via the Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitor system. The pilot guided the aircraft down to 27,000ft and declared a pan-pan to air traffic control. The crew prepared to divert, however, the engine was relit, and the aircraft reclimbed to altitude.

When the aircraft was approaching Brussels the aircraft began to experience difficulties with the right-hand engine. According to reports, the engine cycled through relighting and shut down automatically. At the moment the aircraft touched down, the engine was lit.

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Brussels Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance. Photo: Brussels Airlines

Reports suggest that both the airline and investigators believe that fuel contamination was behind the engine failure. This is due to the extreme rarity of dual engine failures. Had both of the engines failed simultaneously, the situation could have been much worse. In 2001 an Air Transat A330 lost power to both of its engines simultaneously and had to glide to an air base in the Azores, losing altitude at around 2,000ft per minute.

Brussels Airlines Response

When contacted, a Brussels Airlines spokesperson gave Simple Flying the following response: “Brussels Airlines confirms that during its flight SN358 between Kinshasa and Brussels on December 10th, with 182 passengers and 12 crew members on board, two technical problems occurred. Two completely separate incidents occurred on the engines at two different stages of the flight.”

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Fuel contamination is believed to be the cause of the incident. Photo: Brussels Airlines

She went on to add: “After both incidents, the engine concerned was restarted and the aircraft was able to perform a normal and safe landing in Brussels. The safety of passengers and crew members has never been compromised. The aircraft has since then been grounded for in-depth investigations. Maintenance works are ongoing in close cooperation with the manufacturers. The aircraft will be released after a full assessment by all stakeholders involved. This is expected to happen within the coming days.”

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