American Airlines AA Boeing 777 N780AN Flight 963 Dallas To Sao Paulo Guarulhos Brazil Engine Fire On Takeoff

by Aviation News Reporter on July 25, 2011

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American Airlines AA Boeing 777 N780AN Flight 963 Dallas To Sao Paulo Guarulhos Brazil Engine Fire On Takeoff

American Airlines AA Boeing 777 N780AN Flight 963 Dallas To Sao Paulo Guarulhos Brazil Engine Fire On Takeoff

An American Airlines Boeing 777-200, registration N780AN performing flight 963 from Dallas Ft. Worth (USA) to Sao Paulo Guarulhos (Brazil) with 246 passengers and 14 crew, was in the initial climb out of runway 17R when the crew reported they had an engine (Trent 800 engine) fire indication asking whether tower had observed anything. Tower replied in the negative, the crew declared emergency nonetheless and levelled off at 2000 feet. While turning downwind the crew reported the fire indication had ceased. The aircraft was seen dumping fuel while positioning for a landing on runway 17C. The aircraft touched down for an overweight landing about 10 minutes after departure and blew several tires during roll out and came to a stop about half way down the runway. No injuries occurred.

The airline reported there was a problem with one of the two engines of the aircraft. As the aircraft could not dump sufficient fuel the landing was overweight, the brakes locked up causing a number of tires to blow out. The aircraft remained disabled on the runway, the passengers disembarked onto the runway and were bussed to the terminal. The airline later added, that an inspection revealed no evidence of an engine or gear fire.

Tower delayed pending departures reporting they had a heavy jet emergency on runway 17C with a wheel fire, runway 17L was closed to allow emergency vehicles access runway 17C, and runway 17R was closed because of a necessary runway inspection.

The FAA reported an engine fire indication and a gear fire following the landing.

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