A Boeing 737-800 operated by British low cost airline Jet2.com as Flight LS-170 encountered a fire coming from its right engine shortly after taking off from Ibiza Airport (IBZ) in the Spanish Balearic Islands on a trip returning to Manchester Airport (MAN) in the U.K. on Thursday, July 21, 2011, as reported by Terminal U, the Daily Mirror, The Australian and other international news sources on Monday, July 25, 2011.
The engine fire could be observed by tourists on the beach below in Figueretas, during the plane’s initial climb, along with sounds of the engine misfiring as it flew a departure pattern. Crews immediately shut down the starboard engine.
The plane, carrying 180 passengers, mostly British vacationers returning from a summer holiday in Spain, and six crew members remained airborne for at least another 77 minutes, and rather than return to Iziba, continued to fly on one engine until making an emergency landing at Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), as seen in the attached slide show and video clip.
It has not been revealed why the pilot in command (PIC) did not elect to abort the flight and return to Ibiza. The crew only announced that there was a “technical problem”.
A passenger on the flight, who could actually see fire spewing from the rear of the engine later told a reporter for the Daily Mail that the incident was the “most terrifying moment of my life”. Other travelers also reported being fearful.
According to the FlightStats web site, the aircraft eventually returned to Manchester later that evening, at 9:35 p.m. local time, 8 hours and 20 minutes behind schedule.
Jet2.com Limited is a discount airline based at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), England. It operates services from eight UK bases to 54 destinations. It began flight service to the U.S. in November 2008 to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) using Boeing 757-200 equipment from Leeds Bradford Airport.
It started flight operations on February 12, 2003, and experienced its best traffic year in 2007, carrying nearly 3.9 million passengers. The airline operates an all Boeing fleet of thirty-nine 737 and 757 equipment, with 5 more planes on order.
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