Related: Brussels Airlines
Belgian investigators have revealed that a Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-200 suffered failures in both engines while in the sky, flying from Kinshasa to Brussels on 11 December.
The plane was flying at 40,000ft when the left-hand Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine failed. The pilots managed to relight the engine and opted to proceed to Brussels.
Then, during the approach to Brussels, the right-hand engine failed “several times” and relit automatically. Thankfully, the aircraft landed at Brussels with both engines operating.
The aircraft was 18-years old airframe, which belonged to Sabena in 2000 and was then operated by carriers including Lufthansa, Swiss and Air Australia.
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If you feel uncomfortable flying on Brussels Airlines in case you luck in and get a flight on this particular, unlucky A330-200, here are some facts that might put your mind at ease:
A Plane Can Fly On One Engine
If an engine fails mid-flight, the plane will not be able to maintain its altitude but it will safely continue flying.
For example, in 2003, the captain of a United Airlines B777 flying from Auckland, New Zealand, to Los Angeles, USA, was forced to shut down one of the plane’s two engines because the oil pressure dropped dramatically. The Boeing continued to fly for more than 3 hours on one engine over the Pacific Ocean, before landing in Kona, Hawaii.
A Plane Can Even Land On NO Engines!
Yes really, but it is not designed to do so. Of course, everyone know the famous 2009 accident known as the Hudson miracle, where Captain Chesley Sullenberg ditched his US Airways Airbus A320 in New York City’s Hudson River after both engines flamed out following a strike with a flock of Canada geese. The plane remained intact and all 155 people aboard were rescued, but the river was calm at the moment of landing, so in this terrible situation, there is hope!
Remember, you are safer in a plane than in a car, so try not to let your fear interfere with your passion for travel. If all else fails, I suggest swigging a large glass of wine and trying to forget you are in the sky!
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