The ATSB is investigating an engine malfunction involving Airbus A330, registered 9M-XXT, near Gold Coast, Queensland, on 3 July 2017.
During take-off, a section of the left engine inlet separated from the aircraft. The crew conducted a fuel dump and returned the aircraft to Sydney with no injuries on board.
During the take-off roll, the crew received indications that the right engine had failed. The flight crew responded by discontinuing the take off.
Passing about 33,000 ft on climb, the No. 4 engine thrust reduced to about 45 per cent. The flight crew shut the No. 4 engine down. The aircraft returned to Los Angeles Airport and landed without further incident.
Operations at non‑controlled airports remain a safety watch priority for the ATSB. This occurrence highlights that traffic separation in that environment relies on a clear and shared plan between involved aircraft.
When landing, pilots should maintain a safety philosophy of “if in doubt, go around”.
This occurrence reaffirms that perceived or actual operational requirements should not be allowed to compromise safety.