A Viva Aerobus Airbus A320 travelling to Los Angeles International Airport from Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) experienced an engine failure shortly after takeoff (LAX) on tuesday.
The right engine is on fire while the aircraft is in the air, as can be seen in a video of the incident that was captured by a camera and shared on social media.
An Airbus A320-200 with the registration XA-VAJ was used by Viva Aerobus to fly flight VB518 from Guadalajara to Los Angeles. Due to the right engine’s failure, a V2500 made by International Aero Engines, the flight took off at 22:03 local time and landed in Guadalajara almost an hour later.
Local reports state that the aircraft’s passengers heard a loud boom coming from the right engine as it was climbing out of Guadalajara’s runway 10 when the incident occurred. Later, sparks and flame streaks were observed coming from the engine.
According to The Aviation Herald, the crew halted the ascent at 13,000 feet, shut off the engine, and descended back to Guadalajara. The plane was safely landed, and the flight was delayed for almost 12 hours.
Using an Airbus A320neo with the registration XA-VIJ, flight VB518 departed once more at 6:50 on Wednesday, according to information from FlightRadar24.com.
The Airbus A320 that experienced the engine failure was still parked in Guadalajara as of Wednesday afternoon. Viva Aerobus was contacted for comment.
The airline declared
“The Viva Aerobus crew returned to Guadalajara International Airport in accordance with established safety procedures, making a successful landing at 22:45 hours, confirming the safety of all passengers and crew members. In accordance with the manufacturer’s established procedures, which are created to continue safe operation under these circumstances, control of the aircraft was always kept in tact. Additionally, when passengers needed it, the crew attended to them promptly and professionally.”
Viva Aerobus fleet
The Airbus A320-200 with the registration XA-VAJ belongs to Viva Aerobus and was first delivered in September 2015. Its single cabin can accommodate 186 passengers, and the Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier owns the entire aircraft. It’s one of the 20 A320-200s that Viva Aerobus currently has in service out of its total 62 aircraft.
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Lost Engine Cowling
A Boeing 737 operated by Alaska Airlines suffered engine cowling damage on August 22 while making an emergency landing at Seattle International Airport.
Flight AS558 from San Diego to Seattle was being operated by a Boeing 737-900ER with the registration N293AK and had 182 passengers on board. However, soon after takeoff, the aircraft’s left side experienced a “unusual vibration,” according to the pilots.
At approximately 12,500 feet, the crew decided to stop ascending and return to Seattle, according to the Aviation Herald. About 30 minutes after taking off from the same runway, the aircraft made its landing on Seattle’s runway 16L.
“Alaska Airlines Flight 558 from Seattle to San Diego on Monday morning reported an unusual vibration on the left side of the aircraft soon after departure. The aircraft returned to the airport and landed safely. Part of the metal panelling that covers the engine, called the cowling, detached from the aircraft when it landed.”
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