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Engine Fire on Azur Air Boeing 767 During Takeoff in Phuket

On the 4th of February 2023, an Azur Air Boeing 767 was forced to perform a high-speed rejected take-off at Phuket International Airport due to an engine surge.

The Boeing 767-300ER with registration RA-73034 was performing flight ZF3604 from Phuket to Moscow with 321 people onboard including 12 crew members and 309 passengers. It was accelerating for takeoff from Phuket’s runway 09 when the crew rejected the takeoff at a high-speed (about 190 km/hr) after one of its engines surged.

A local eyewitness photographed the engine surge during the takeoff run of a Boeing 767 aircraft on the runway at Phuket Airport before today’s flight to Moscow.

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The aircraft stopped and taxied back to the apron, where it was met by the ground personnel. One of the passengers on board filmed a video of the incident which shows the right-hand engine emitting sparks, followed by smoke under the right half-wing of the aircraft.

As seen in the footage shared, at first there was the usual soft movement with acceleration, then a push, accompanied by a pop or crack, and a sharp deceleration. As a result of braking, the tire of one of the wheels burst.

None of the passengers or crew members were injured. They disembarked the aircraft and were dropped off back at the airport.

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