Probe to clarify BA A319 incident after NTSB dispute

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UK investigators are set to clarify factual data about the British Airways Airbus A319 incident at London Heathrow, after disputing US counterparts' interpretations of the event.

The US National Transportation Safety Board had stated that, after the separation of both engines' fan cowls on departure, the pilots reported a fuel leak and that they were shutting down one engine.

It added that the pilots then reported that one engine was shut down and the other was on fire.

But the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch says US statement is "slightly misleading" in its wording, implying that the crew was dealing with serious operational problems on both powerplants.

The NTSB has observer status, as the International Aero Engines V2500s involved are US-built, and while it has assigned a representative to the probe, it acknowledges that the AAIB is leading the inquiry.

UK investigators are intending to release further details on the 24 May event in a bulletin on 31 May.