Aussie probe after engine shutdown on AirAsia X flight

AirAsiaX flightPETALING JAYA: Australian aviation authorities are to investigate why an AirAsia X flight suffered an engine shutdown en route from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

The flight was forced to divert to Melbourne and landed safely four hours after taking off at 9.25pm with 231 passengers on board, a news report said.

The pilots of Flight D7 221 shut down one of the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce Trent engines after receiving a low oil pressure warning while the flight was 445km southeast of Alice Springs.

It landed safely at Melbourne airport at 1.59am on Wednesday.

The report quoted an airline spokesman as saying that the diversion was in compliance with international aviation safety guidelines.

Last week, another airline, Jetstar, was forced to divert a one-year-old Boeing Dreamliner en route from Japan to the Gold Coast with 320 people on board because of an oil pressure problem with one of its General Electric engines.

AirAsia X’s affected Airbus A330 — registration 9M-XXD — has been in operation since 2009, the report said. The Australian Transport Safety Board is investigating the incident and will release a report within several months. AirAsia X said it was fully co-operating with the ATSB on the investigation.

“During cruise, the flight crew received a low oil pressure warning from the right engine. The engine was shut down and the flight crew diverted the aircraft to Melbourne. There were no injuries and the aircraft was not damaged,” the ATSB said. “As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the captain and gather additional information.”