Event Details

Title:Maintenance Error In-flight fuel leak, Air Canada Airbus A330-300, C-GHKX, Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, 06 November 2003
Micro summary:This A330 had a significant fuel leak, discovered only after takeoff.
Event Time:2003-11-06 at 1423 PST
File Name:2003-11-06-CA.pdf
Publishing Agency:Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)
Publishing Country:Canada
Report number:A03P0332
Site of event:Vancouver International Airport, British Colombia
Departure:Vancouver International Airport, British Colombia, Canada
Destination:Calgary International Airport, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Airplane Type(s):Airbus A330-300
Flight Phase:Climb
Operator(s):Air Canada
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:An Air Canada Airbus A330300 (registration CGHKX, serial number 0412), operating as Flight ACA216, departed Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, at 1423 Pacific standard time on a scheduled flight to Calgary, Alberta, with 6 crew members and 92 passengers on board. Shortly after take-off, the Vancouver tower informed the pilots that a substantial amount of smoke or vapour was coming from the number 2 engine. Although the pilots did not receive any abnormal engine indications or cockpit warnings, they declared an emergency and advised that they were returning to Vancouver.

After an uneventful landing, the pilots shut down the number 2 engine. Aircraft rescue and firefighting services, following the aircraft, advised the pilots that fuel was leaking from the engine but there was no sign of fire. Eventually, the aircraft was towed back to the terminal where the passengers were deplaned. There were no injuries or damage to the aircraft.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Maintenance
Systems - Fuel
Systems - Fuel - Leak
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