Vietnam Airlines aborts take off due to engine fault

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Pilots of a Vietnam Airlines Airbus A330-200 had to abort a take off at Melbourne Airport this morning due to a sudden failure in its right engine.

The aircraft, registered VN-A371, was preparing to take off when the cockpit display indicated to the pilots that the temperature of its number 2 engine was "above normal", an airline spokesman tells Flightglobal.

The aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, was scheduled to perform flight VN780 to Ho Chi Minh.

Local media reports say debris, likely from damaged engine fan blades, were spotted on the runway. Vietnam Airlines' spokesman could not confirm the information nor say what damage the engine suffered.

He disclosed however, that the aircraft last underwent an "engine technical check" on 2 May, and all was found to be normal.

The Airbus A330, owned by Sierra Leasing, was put into operation with Vietnam Airlines in 2009.

The carrier says its captain Nguyen Hai Anh had accumulated 14,474 hours on the Boeing 777 and A330 aircraft.

None of the 180 passengers and 13 crew onboard suffered any injuries.