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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192035
Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Time:19:55 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-232
Owner/operator:British Airways
Registration: G-EUUI
MSN: 1871
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 99
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Overhead Birmingham -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
Destination airport:Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
Investigating agency: AAIB
On a relatively clear evening, upon reaching the cruise level of Flight Level (FL) 280, the crew and passengers on a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Edinburgh experienced momentary noise and vibration throughout the aircraft. This was repeated approximately one minute later. It was also reported that an orange flash, associated with the right engine, had been seen. The flight crew identified that No 2 engine had surged and recovered, with the engine indications returning to normal.
The aircraft's Quick Reference Handbook, coupled with the training that the flight crew had received, provided them with inadequate guidance with which to fully assess the situation. Their initial intention to continue to Edinburgh was changed upon advice from the operator and the crew initiated a return to Heathrow. The engine then began to surge again and, once more, recovered, but this was followed by another series of surges. At this point the crew believed that the No 1 engine had also surged so they declared a MAYDAY and diverted, uneventfully, to Birmingham Airport.
Subsequently, it was determined that a progressive fault in the No 2 engine P2T2 probe had signalled inaccurate values to the No 2 engine computer, resulting in incorrect scheduling of the compressor inlet guide vanes, and this was a direct cause of the engine surges.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 2004-59 issued by AAIB to Airbus, IAE
Safety recommendation 2004-60 issued by AAIB to Airbus
Safety recommendation 2004-61 issued by AAIB to Airbus
Safety recommendation 2004-62 issued by AAIB to Airbus


Photo of G-EUUI courtesy

Manchester - International (EGCC / MAN)
21 October 2021; (c) Shaun Connor

Revision history:

17-Dec-2016 10:38 harro Added

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