Final Report: Serious Incident, Boeing 767-322ER (N670UA) at Shannon Airport, Co. Clare, Ireland 7 April 2022. Report No. 2024-001


The Boeing 767 aircraft departed from Dulles International Airport (KIAD) in the United States at approximately 22:21 hrs on 6 April 2022, on a scheduled passenger flight to Zurich Airport (LSZH) in Switzerland. At approximately 04:13 hrs, when the aircraft was at Flight Level 360 and located approximately 20 nautical miles off the south coast of Ireland, the Flight Crew contacted Shannon Air Traffic Control (ATC) to declare an ‘emergency’, stating that they wished to divert to Shannon Airport (EINN) as they needed to shut down an engine due to low oil pressure. ATC cleared the aircraft to EINN, where it landed at approximately 04:40 hrs with the No. 1 engine shut down.

When the aircraft was taxiing towards its parking stand, the Airport Fire and Rescue Service noticed a fire at the left-hand undercarriage and requested (via the Shannon Ground Movements Controller) the aircraft to stop. The aircraft stopped and while the fire was being extinguished, the Airport Fire and Rescue Service requested (via the Shannon Ground Movements Controller) that the aircraft be evacuated on the right-hand side. Moments later, the request was cancelled, as the fire had been extinguished. The aircraft was subsequently towed onto its parking stand and all passengers and crew disembarked the aircraft normally. No injuries were reported to the Investigation.

The low oil pressure on the No. 1 engine was subsequently found to have been due to an oil leak from the engine’s No. 4 bearing scavenge line magnetic chip detector, which had been inspected as part of scheduled maintenance conducted prior to the flight. The probable cause of the brief fire at the left-hand undercarriage was heat from the brake units and the presence of lubrication grease or oil that had leaked from the No. 1 engine.

Occurrence Date: April 07, 2022
Report Date: February 29, 2024
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