Compressor Stall on on landing in Montreal *VIDEO*

A week ago, B767-300 (reg. 7T-VJG) experienced compressor stall in its left engine as it was landing on runway 24L at Montreal Airport (CYUL), Canada.

The 767 was an ex-Air Algerie on ferry flight from Shannon. It was flying from Algiers to Florida, stopping in Shannon and Montreal, to be sold for parts there. The 767 was one of the last non-ER, non-ETOPS 767 in operation.

You can skip to 0:50 for the landing.

For those who do not know what a compressor stall is

The spinning blades in the compressor stage of a jet engine or turbo fan are themselves airfoils, like the aircraft’s wings. The operation of the engine depends on the smooth flow of air over the blades.

Just like a wing, an individual blade, or a small component of one, can experience an airfoil “stall”, where the air flow over the blade separates into a cell of “stuck”, highly turbulent air behind the blade, and the air flows around the cell instead of smoothly around the blade.

When a flow separation occurs, the airfoil’s ability to push the air in proper direction at the right flow rate, and thereby contribute to the compression of air behind the fan assembly, is inhibited.

Thus the next blade spinning round tends to encounter the stalled air packet. If the stalled air cell is not particularly large, it may be absorbed by the air flow at this stage and dissipated. Alternatively, it might be large enough to stall the subsequent blade as well. At this point, it is called a “rotational stall”.

If the stall continues to propagate, the ability of the fan stage to deliver air to the subsequent compression stage is impeded, and it will lead to an abrupt drop in pressure inside the combustion chamber. This causes a reduction in available oxygen for combustion. The engine’s performance, measured by the thrust delivered, is strongly impaired, and there is likely to be a lot of unburnt fuel remaining after the oxygen in the compressor is exhausted. That unburnt fuel may ignite in a bright exterior flame as it escapes out the back of the combustion chamber and mixes with the oxygen-rich after it exits the engine.

The drop in back pressure in the compressor will, under normal conditions, enable the compressor fan blades to begin operating as proper air foils again.

Too long, didn’t read

Engine blades are wings. One stalls, compression and combustion fails, there’s unburnt fuel in the engine. Unburnt fuel meets oxygen-rich hot air at the engine’s exit and ignites as a flame.


Nicely summarised!!


So, the blades do begin operating again, and does the engine continue running through the compressor stall or is it shut down?

Was this aircraft operated by Air Algerie crew?

The blade (no S, because not all blades stall at once), will recover airflow. But the next blade may encounter the turbulent air and stall too. The engine may or may not shut down, depending on the severity of the stall. You may have a small stall and the engine continues normally, you may have numerous stalls and a peak in your EGT temperature, or you just could have a total flame out of the engine. A bird strike can cause a compressor stall naturally because it is disrupting airflow in the compressor.

As shown in this video, a bird strike caused multiple compressor stalls and an engine failure or shutdown.

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I would guess so according to their accent on the radio.


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