Date
21 July 2017
A file picture of a Singapore Airlines plane flying past storm clouds as it approaches for landing at Changi Airport in Singapore. Photo: Bloomberg
A file picture of a Singapore Airlines plane flying past storm clouds as it approaches for landing at Changi Airport in Singapore. Photo: Bloomberg

Singapore Airlines jet loses power on both engines mid-flight

A Singapore Airlines flight bound for Shanghai lost power on both of its engines in mid-flight after encountering bad weather.

Flight SQ836 was cruising at 39,000 feet just south of Hong Kong Saturday night when the incident occurred, causing the Airbus A330-343 jet to descend 13,000 feet before the crew was able to restart the engines, Business Insider said, citing a report from Flightradar 24, an online flight information provider.

The airliner landed safely in Shanghai an hour and a half later with no injuries reported. There were 182 passengers and 12 crew members on board.

“Both engines experienced a temporary loss of power and the pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines,” The Straits Times quoted a spokesman for the airline as saying.

After arriving in Shanghai, the two-month-old airliner underwent a series of tests, but so far investigators have not been able to determine the cause of the power loss, according to The Aviation Herald.

Singapore’s Air Accident Investigations Bureau is reviewing the incident with engine maker Rolls-Royce and Airbus.

According to Business Insider, an A330 jet that loses an engine is still certified to fly for as long as four hours on the remaining engine.

The situation is much more serious when the plane loses both engines, but pilots are trained to handle it, the report said.

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