Denied take-off was followed by plane fire in Shannon, report says

Passengers and crew on an international flight departing from Shannon in 2019 escaped after an aborted 270-kilometer-per-hour take-off was followed by a fire in the plane’s brakes, according to a report.

According to a report from the State Air Accident Investigation Unit, the Boeing 767 300 33A with 145 passengers and 10 crew members was cleared for take-off for an early morning flight on August 15, 2019.

The aircraft was registered with Omni Aviation Leasing of Tulsa Oklahoma, United States, and the Air Accident Investigation Unit report stated that the aircraft was covered by a certificate of airworthiness at the time.

The flight was cleared for take-off at 0445 and as it picked up speed on the runway, the captain heard an unusual noise that seemed to increase in volume. The Air Accident Investigation Unit report said pilots feared it could come from a window in the cockpit.

The plane’s flight recorders showed the plane was moving at about 146 knots, or 270 kilometers per hour, when the captain called “reject” to abort the take-off.

After the aircraft came to a stop, the crew informed air traffic control that it would take 35 to 40 minutes for the brakes to cool before another take-off could be attempted. However, as he returned to the stand, while taxiing, and while the aircraft was still on the runway, the air traffic control movement controller indicated that smoke was coming from the landing gear. main left of the aircraft.

At 5.15 am, the airport duty office informed the controller that the left main landing gear was on fire. The controller instructed the flight crew to initiate an immediate evacuation from the right side of the aircraft. The report notes that by 5:19 a.m., all passengers and cabin crew had been evacuated using emergency toboggans and the fire had been extinguished. A passenger was slightly injured during the evacuation.

In its findings, the investigation unit found that following a high-speed rejected take-off and a subsequent taxiing period, a fire broke out in the area of ​​the left main landing gear. .

Subsequent examination of the wheels, brakes and flight recorder data revealed no identifiable cause of the fire. The report states: “It is therefore likely that the combination of an interrupted high-speed take-off, combined with a long period of taxiing where the brakes, particularly on the left side were used, caused the braking system to overheat and a fire. ignite in the left main landing gear bogie.

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