Egypt Air Airbus A330 suffers Uncontained Engine Failure on Takeoff Roll

On the evening of 14th May, an Egypt Air Airbus A330 operating flight MS955 suffered an uncontained engine failure of it’s left hand side Rolls-Royce Trent engine, causing the crew to reject the takeoff. The failure of the engine left a large whole in the forward engine cowling. There were no injuries of the 211 people onboard.

The engine seen after the occurrence

Flight MS955 was accelerating down Runway 05C at Cairo International Airport when the crew aborted the takeoff, at 60kts ground speed. The aircraft vacated the runway around 1200m/4000ft from the threshold and stopped for checks by the airport emergency services. After inspection, the aircraft was cleared to taxi normally to the apron, where the passengers disembarked.

The engine failure has caused a large hole in the cowl of the Rolls-Royce Trent 772B-60 engine inlet up to the low pressure fan blade. A replacement A330 registered SU-GCG carried the passengers to Beijing with a delay of 3 hours.

SU-GCI EgyptAir Airbus A330-243 photographed at Beijing - Capital International (PEK / ZBAA) by Danny Yu
©Danny Yu

The aircraft involved in the incident was 11 year old Airbus A330-243 SU-GCI (MSN 696). The aircraft was delivered to Egypt Air in 2005 and has previously been leased to the now defunct Air Nigeria.

Flight MS955 is a scheduled commercial passenger flight from Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA) to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK/ZBAA).


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