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Cathay flight plunges into darkness as engine fails

September 29, 2015 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A Cathay Pacific flight from Perth to Hong Kong was plunged into darkness as one of its two engines failed, blasting sparks and flames into the night sky, a passenger reported.

The aircraft flying from Perth to Hong Kong on Friday reportedly suffered an engine failure mid-flight and was forced to make an emergency landing in Bali.

The Aviation Herald reported that the right hand engine “emitted loud bangs and streaks of sparks and flames and caused the aircraft to vibrate”.

“The crew shut the engine down and diverted to Denpasar for a safe landing about 25 minutes later,” the publication added.

A passenger aboard the flight contacted Perth’s Radio 6PR and spoke of sparks and flames coming from an engine – but the airline denied passenger and media reports the engine had caught fire.

Passengers were taken to hotels until a replacement aircraft arrived to take them to Hong Kong.

“The engine was shut down and an emergency landing was declared,” a Cathay spokesperson said.

“The aircraft landed safely … fire services met the aircraft on arrival.

“The flight was operated by an A330 with 251 passengers on board.”

“Safety remains Cathay Pacific’s highest priority.”

The incident follows a report in the South China Sunday Morning Post saying that Cathay Pacific pilots had sent a letter to the airline’s management, warning that staff fatigue and rostering practices were creating safety concerns. See: Exhausted Cathay crews say they are working too hard

Written by Peter Needham

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