Related Accidents / Incidents

National Airlines Flight 27, McDonnell Douglas DC-10, November 3, 1973

While cruising at 39,000 feet, the No. 3 engine fan assembly completely disintegrate. The inlet and fan case separated simultaneously, liberating fan blades which struck the fuselage causing failure of a cabin window and expelling a passenger who was fatally injured. This accident is located in this library at the following link: (National DC-10)

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United Airlines Flight 232, McDonnell Douglas DC-101, July 19, 1989

During cruise, the fan disc in the No. 2 engine fractured due to a fatigue crack that occurred as a result of a manufacturing defect. Engine debris penetrated structure in the aft portion of the airplane and caused the loss of all hydraulic systems. The flight crew exercised minimal control of the airplane using asymmetric thrust, and were able to attempt an approach in Sioux City, Iowa. Control was lost just before landing and the airplane crashed near the runway. This accident is located in this library at the following link: (United Flight 232).

In 1995, a DC-9 suffered a seventh stage HPC disk failure on takeoff roll which severed a fuel line and resulted in a hull loss. There were no fatalities.

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Delta Air Lines Inc. Flight 1288, McDonnell Douglas MD-88, July 6, 1996

As the airplane was beginning its takeoff roll, the fan hub on the No. 1 engine fractured, sending engine debris into the fuselage. The fan hub failure was the result of a fatigue crack in a hole that had been improperly drilled and finished during manufacture. This accident is located in this library at the following link: (Delta 1288)

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Edelweiss Air Flight 656, Airbus Industrie A330-200, October 5, 2003

The airplane experienced an uncontained turbine blade release from the No. 1 engine. The flight crew declared an emergency and returned to Miami, FL. Investigation revealed that the intermediate pressure (IP) turbine case was ruptured 360° circumferentially and that the IP turbine disk had separated from its drive arm, resulting in the liberation of all the IP turbine blades

An overspeed condition, likely the consequence of the drive arm failure, resulted in the liberation of all IP turbine blades, which passed through the IP turbine case, some blades striking the airplane.

TAM Airlines flight 9755, Fokker F100, September 15, 2001

During cruise, the No. 2 engine, experienced an uncontained failure. Engine debris penetrated the cabin, causing a passenger to be partially expelled through a window and a rapid decompression of the cabin. The airplane was successfully landed and no other passengers were injured.

British Airways Flight 2276, Boeing 777, Sept. 9, 2015

During takeoff roll, the airplane experienced a failure in the high pressure compressor of the No. 1 engine. The airplane was able to be stopped on the runway and a large ground fire erupted. Passengers and crew were successfully evacuated.

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