Monday 20 May 2024

Two engine fires, two different aircraft, two days apart

On Saturday, an Air India Express flight bound for Cochin (COK/VOCI) from Bengaluru (BLR/VOB) made an emergency landing in Bengaluru after one of its engines caught fire, according to Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL).

The fire was detected shortly after takeoff, as per sources. Air India Express confirmed that all passengers and crew were safely evacuated without any injuries. Following the incident, the crew alerted the Air Traffic Controller, and a full-scale emergency was declared. The aircraft landed at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), where the fire was extinguished.

A BIAL spokesperson reported, "flight IX 1132 from Bengaluru to Cochin made an emergency landing at BLR Airport at 23:12 hrs due to a fire reported in one of the engines."

After the emergency landing, the fire was quickly put out. All 179 passengers and six crew members were evacuated successfully, the spokesperson added.

Aircraft Information:
Airline: Air India Express Connect
Code: I5/IAD
Aircraft: Airbus A320-216
Registration: VT-ATF
Serial Number: 6015
Engines: 2 x CFMI CFM56-5B6
First Flew: 19th February 2014
Age: 10.3 Years Old

Then a few days earlier a Boeing 747-400 travelling from Makassar-Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG/WAAA) to Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED/OEMA) carrying 468 passengers was compelled to execute an emergency landing in Indonesia when one of its four engines ignited, and flames erupted during takeoff.

The Garuda Indonesia aircraft, en route to Medina, Saudi Arabia—a key point for many Muslims embarking on their pilgrimage to Mecca—departed from Makassar's international airport. Footage revealed that during the Wednesday evening takeoff, flames consumed one of the aircraft's four engines.

Online videos disseminated by JACDEC, an aviation incident analysis firm, captured the moment flames burst forth as the aircraft ascended from the runway. According to JACDEC, the 747 entered a holding pattern for roughly 90 minutes before it safely returned and touched down in Makassar.

Garuda Indonesia, the national airline, reported that a pilot observed sparks in an engine, prompting an immediate halt to the flight. Following a secure landing, the airline grounded the 22-year-old aircraft for further examination and reassigned the passengers to an alternative flight on the same day.

Aircraft Information:
Airline: Garuda Indonesia, (leased from Terra Avia)
Code: GA/GIA
Aircraft: Boeing 747-412
Registration: ER-BOS
Serial Number: 28025
Engine: 4 x PW PW4056
First Flew: 24 October 2001
Age: 22.7 Years Old

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