The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an incident in which a Virgin Australia ATR 72-600 suffered non-simultaneous flameouts in both engines during the same flight.
The incident involved aircraft VH-FVN, which was operating the Sydney-Canberra route on 13 December.
“While the aircraft was descending through 11,000ft in heavy rain, the right engine’s power rolled back (decreased) and the engine flamed out,” says the ATSB.
“The engine automatically re-started within five seconds. The descent continued and, while passing through 10,000 ft, the left engine’s power also rolled back and that engine flamed out before automatically relighting. The crew selected manual engine ignition for the remainder of the flight and the landing.”
The ATSB has classified the occurrence as a serious incident. There were no injuries to passengers or crew, and the aircraft was not damaged.
Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that VH-FVN is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW127M engines. It is managed by lessor Avation, and was delivered new in September 2012.