A 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 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