LATAM Brazil A320 at Sao Paulo Rejected Takeoff Due to Engine Failure

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A LATAM Airlines Brasil Airbus A320-200, registration PT-MZY performing flight JJ-3264 from Sao Paulo Congonhas,SP to Belo Horizonte,MG (Brazil) with 131 passengers and 6 crew, was accelerating the engines for takeoff from Congonhas Airport’s runway 17R at about 18:48L (21:48Z) when the right hand engine (V2527) failed after about 3 seconds and an engine fire indication activated prompting the crew to reject takeoff.

Emergency services responded and sprayed the engine. The aircraft was subsequently towed to the apron, where passengers disembarked normally. The aerodrome was closed until 20:07L.

A ground observer reported the engine emitted a huge bang and streaks of flame through the engine exhaust pipe about 3 seconds after the engines began to accelerate.

The airline reported the crew rejected takeoff due to an engine fire indication. The engine failure and fire indication are under investigation.

The airport reported the runway needed to be cleaned before it could return to service.