AirAsia plane bursts into flames; makes emergency landing with no casualties

 Saturday, September 7, 2019 

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In a dramatic turn of events, a plane with 58 passengers had to turn back to make an emergency landing after one of its engines caught fire.

 

The AirAsia Airbus A320 had taken off from Male in the Maldives for Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport yesterday (September 5) evening at 8:25 pm local time.

 

But moments after taking off, terrified passengers heard ”loud banging noises” from the engine followed by a streak of bright flames.

 

According to local media in the Maldives, witnesses claimed that an engine of the plane was on fire after taking off.

 

Pilots on Flight FD178 immediately closed the engine and stopped their climb at around 5,000ft. They circled several times before making an emergency landing at the Male International Airport around 15 minutes after the initial departure.

 

AirAsia said in a statement today that there was a ”technical problem” while taking off.
They said: ”The pilot asked to return to the Male International Airport and arrived safely at 8:41 pm.

 

”Fifty-eight passengers were safe and taken care of with food and drinks and the airline provided them with hotel rooms.

 

”They will be able to depart the Maldives today on a new flight and will arrive in Bangkok at 7:10 pm local time.

 

”We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

 

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