Passenger recalls: “The whole interior of the A380 lit up”
An A380 Emirates aircraft that had just left Sydney for Dubai was forced to make a speedy return when one of its engines caught fire. The plane experienced a problem with the engine about 20 minutes into the flight during a climb to an altitude of 10,000 feet. The flight had 380 passengers on board.
In a statement on Monday, the airline said: “Emirates flight EK413 from Sydney to Dubai on November 11 turned back shortly after take-off due to an engine fault. Passengers are being re-booked on alternative flights.”
Passengers felt the aircraft jolt suddenly before seeing flames shoot up several meters from one of the engines.
“I saw a flash”, one passenger said. “I thought it could have been lightning but then we saw flames come out of the engine. The whole interior of the A380 lit up.”
Emirates uses GP7200 engines built by Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric and Pratt & Whitney.