SEOUL- In a harrowing incident, T’way Airlines (TW) Boeing 737 aircraft carrying 122 people experienced a terrifying moment when flames erupted from its engine after a bird collided with it.
During the landing of T’way Air flight 216 at Incheon International Airport (ICN), Seoul in South Korea, around 9:30 pm on Wednesday, an unexpected complication arose as a bird entered the starboard engine, becoming entangled and leading to alarming scenes.
T’way Boeing 737 Engine Fire
A passenger on board captured a video showing flames spluttering and bursting from the engine, even as the pilot successfully executed an emergency landing.
As the crew struggled to control the Boeing 737-800 plane, flames extended from the engine, nearly reaching the aircraft’s tail.
Footage from the ground depicted the burning plane descending towards the airport. The flight had departed from Narita International Airport in Tokyo (NRT), Japan.
Reports from local broadcasters indicated that passengers could smell burning, prompting the Boeing to abort its initial landing attempt and make another.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and the airline is now slated to conduct inspections on their aircraft.
According to a passenger quoted by Japanese news site TBS News Dig, “My hands were shaking, and my family couldn’t even speak a single word, so I was really scared. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fly again.”
The flight is operated by 16.3 years old Boeing 737-800, registered as HL8047. Further, the aircraft is powered by a CFM-56 engine.
Alaska Airlines Incident
This follows another incident involving a Boeing 737. Shortly after takeoff, a door on the left side of an Alaska Airlines (AS) jet ripped off, creating a significant opening in the aircraft’s side.
The incident occurred as the flight was departing from Portland, Oregon, en route to California. Despite the nightmarish turn of events, all 171 passengers and six crew members landed safely, although several passengers sustained injuries.
The distressing scenes, where passengers had to brace themselves and secure their belongings during the abrupt termination of their journey and an emergency landing, left many in shock.
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