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Published on : Thursday, August 18, 2016
A Qatar Airways passenger jet has made an emergency landing at Istanbul’s main airport shortly after take-off following a fire in one of its engines, as reported by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency. The Airbus A330 had been headed for Doha but had to turn back to Ataturk airport less than 30 minutes into its journey, after its landing gear failed to retract on take-off, an airport official said.
Qatar Airways tweeted that the flight returned to Istanbul and has landed safely. The passengers have disembarked as normal”.
It has not immediately reported how many passengers and crew members were on board. The flight was enroute to Istanbul-to-Doha.
Anadolu said the emergency landing was ordered after flames came out of the plane’s left-side engine.
Qatar Airways is one of the Middle East’s three biggest carriers, alongside the region’s biggest carrier, Dubai-based Emirates Airline, and Abu-Dhabi based Etihad Airways. The three have increasingly challenged Western airlines in long-haul flights.
There are no reports of any injuries. The pilot followed all QR safety procedures.
The hazy image shows the engine caught fire mid-air.