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AirAsia X A330 diverted after suspected birdstrike

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an engine malfunction involving an AirAsia X Airbus A330-300 shortly after take-off on 3 July.

The aircraft, registered 9M-XXT (MSN 1549), was operating flight D7207 from Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur when the incident happened. It had to divert to Brisbane 15 minutes after take-off due to an "in-flight engine fault", says the ATSB.

AirAsia X adds that the aircraft had a suspected birdstrike to its right engine shortly after take-off from Gold Coast, and that the remains of two birds were found on the airport's runway.

None of the 345 passengers and 14 crew aboard the jet were injured, but the Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered aircraft sustained minor damage, says the ATSB.

The bureau has since classified the case as a serious incident, and expects to release a report in November.

Flight Fleets Analzyer shows that the 2014-built aircraft is owned by AWAS .

Investigations are also ongoing regarding a separate AirAsia X A330-300 incident. The aircraft was forced to return to Perth about one hour into a flight to Kuala Lumpur on 25 June after what appears to have been a major engine failure.

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