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Turbine Blade Fails During Airbus A330 Takeoff Roll

If you've never seen a turbine engine fail, here's your chance. This failure was caught on camera while an Airbus A330 was rolling down the runway for takeoff. At 105 knots, the airplane yawed hard to the right, and as you can see in the video, a flash and smoke came out of the #2 engine. The pilots immediately rejected the takeoff, and all 328 passengers and 11 crew were unhurt.

Investigators found that a single HP turbine blade detached, causing an engine surge, damaging the engine and nozzle. Fortunately, the failure was contained in the engine, and no one was hurt.

How do pilots safely reject a takeoff? Find out here.

Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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