LATAM Chile Airbus A321 Engine Shuts Down in Flight

Photo: Charles Cunliffe

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A LATAM Chile Airbus A321-200, performing flight LA-273 from Puerto Montt to Balmaceda (Chila) with 156 passengers and 8 crew, engine shut down in flight.

  • Aircraft had aborted the approach to Balmaceda twice, held at Balmaceda for about one hour in between the approaches and was now returning to Puerto Montt at FL220 when the crew needed to shut an engine (CFM56) down about 60nm south of Puerto Montt.
  • The aircraft continued to Puerto Montt for a safe landing about 2:25 hours after departure from Puerto Montt.
  • A replacement A321-200 registration CC-BEB reached Balmaceda with a delay of about 8.5 hours.
  • The airline reported a maintenance issue prompted the crew to return to Puerto Montt.