Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 plunges 13,000 feet as both engines fail over South China Sea
Passengers of a Singapore Airlines flight, an Airbus A330-300 got the fright of their lives when the jet dropped 13,000 feet after both engines failed mid-flight. Singapore Airlines as a result has launched an immediate investigation to determine the cause for the sudden loss of power in both engines after the flight encountered bad weather while flying from Singapore to Shanghai.
According to an official statement, the pilots of the plane followed ‘operational procedures’ after the sudden unexpected descent to restore power to both the Rolls-Royce Trent 772 engines. Flight number SQ836 had a total of 194 people on board, including 182 passengers and 12 crew members when both engines lost power three and a half hours into the five hour journey.
The airlines revealed that the pilots could get the second engine working again after putting the aircraft into a controlled descent before climbing up again. After the event, the plane continued to travel to Shanghai and touched down at 10:56pm local time. After performing a thorough test and inspection of the two engines, no problems were detected overall and the whole incident is being taken into consideration with Rolls-Royce and Airbus.
The plane was comfortably cruising at 39,000 feet over South China Sea, 162 miles away from Hong Kong when the incident took place. The jet dropped all the way to 26,000 feet before the pilots’ regained control of the falling aircraft and climbed back to 31,200 feet immediately. The same plane after a two hour delay later took off to return to Singapore as well.
The Air Accident Investigation Bureau of Singapore is taking the lead on the investigation and is currently gathering more information from the flight data recorder. One pilot with a Southeast Asian airline came forward and revealed that such a situation is very rare, but flight crews are trained to handle them. He even said that the incident might not have been very serious because the plane did not divert and continued on its route to Shanghai.
Singapore Airlines currently has 30 Airbus A330-300s in its fleet and is Asia’s third largest carrier by market value. Each of the A330-300 plane has the capacity to carry 285 passengers.
Source – Dailymail.co.uk