Both Virgin Australia ATR-72 Engines Flame Out

Photo: Mike Prendergast

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A Virgin Australia Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, performing flight from Sydney to Canberra (Australia), reported both engines rollback, one after the other.

  • Aircraft was descending through 11,000 feet towards Canberra when the right hand engine (PW127) rolled back and flamed out.
  • The engine automatically restarted about 5 seconds later.
  • The crew continued the descent, descending through 10,000 feet now the left hand engine rolled back and flamed out, also automatically re-lighting.
  • The crew selected manual ignition for the remainder of the flight and landed safely in Canberra.
  • Australia’s TSB (ATSB) rated the occurrence a serious incident and opened an investigation. The flight data recorders have been downloaded.
  • The occurrence aircraft returned to service about 84 hours after landing Canberra.