A Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N1200K performing flight DL-30 from New York,JFK (USA) to Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia) with 193 passengers, was in the initial climb out of JFK’s runway 04L when the crew declared emergency about 80 seconds after receiving take off clearance.
Tower asked the next departure waiting for takeoff clearance whether they had seen any fire or smoke from the #1 engine of the departing aircraft with a negative reply, another crew and tower reported seeing a flash from the departing aircraft during takeoff. A third crew reported seeing a flame out and smoke from the departing aircraft. The Boeing 767 crew reported they had lost the left hand engine (PW4060), climbed to 5000 feet, dumped fuel and returned for a safe landing on runway 04L about 50 minutes after departure. Emergency services found no traces of an engine fire. The FAA said, the crew reported engine problems, turned back to New York, landed safely and taxied to the apron. Initial reports of an engine fire were incorrect. Jetblue flight B6-74, next in line to depart after the Delta Boeing, declined takeoff clearance from runway 04L twice requesting a runway inspection before departure. The airplane departed 10 minutes after the first takeoff clearance following ground vehicles reporting the runway was clear. Local news helicopters started swarming the airport about 10 minutes after the departure of DL-30.
Source: Aviation Herald