Date
21 January 2017
Joel Sirna says he saw flames from the engine, but Cathay Pacific says there was no fire on Flight CX170. Photo: Facebook
Joel Sirna says he saw flames from the engine, but Cathay Pacific says there was no fire on Flight CX170. Photo: Facebook

Cathay Pacific passengers panic as plane engine fails

A Cathay Pacific flight from Australia to Hong Kong was diverted to Indonesia after an engine failed.

A passenger said he saw flames streaming from a wing, which created panic on board, AP reported Friday.

The twin-engine Airbus A330 left Perth shortly before midnight Thursday carrying 254 passengers and was diverted to Denpasar on Bali because of an “engine defect”, the airline said in a statement.

The engine was shut down and an emergency landing was accomplished safely. No one was injured.

“Mid-flight, we heard a loud bang, and the plane started to shake,” passenger Joel Sirna told Perth Radio 6PR from Denpasar.

“All the lights went out, and I looked to the window and [saw] some flames and some sparks — the wing and the motor were on fire.” 

But Cathay Pacific said: “There were reports that some passengers saw sparks and flames from outside the window. We can confirm that what witnesses saw was a light due to the engine failure, not a real fire.” 

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