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Brussels-bound A330 suffered failures in both engines

Belgian investigators have disclosed that a Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-200 suffered failures in both engines while en route from Kinshasa on 11 December.

The aircraft (OO-SFU) had been cruising at 40,000ft when the left-hand Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine failed, says French investigation authority BEA citing Belgian counterparts.

Its crew transmitted an urgency call, and considered diverting to Djerba, off the coast of Tunisia, as a precaution.

But the pilots managed to relight the engine and opted to proceed to Brussels.

BEA states, however, that during the approach to Brussels the right-hand engine failed “several times” and relit automatically.

The aircraft landed at Brussels with both engines operating.

Flight Fleets Analyzer lists the aircraft as an 18-year old airframe, originally delivered to Sabena in 2000 and subsequently operated by carriers including Lufthansa, Swiss and Air Australia.

It was subsequently introduced to the Brussels Airlines fleet in 2013.

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