BRITISH ENGINEER HAS REVEALED THE TERRIFYING MOMENT AN ENGINE ON HIS FLIGHT CAUGHT FIRE AT 10,000FT ABOVE MALAYSIA
Terrifying: The moment an engine caught fire on a Malindo Air flight above Malaysia on Tuesday (March 25)
A British engineer has revealed the terrifying moment an engine on his flight caught fire at 10,000ft above Malaysia.
Alan Harper, 68, from Saltash, Cornwall, was one of 70 passengers flying from Kuala Lumpar’s Subang airport to Kuala Terengganu at about 7.30am on Tuesday morning local time.
About ten minutes into the Malindo Air flight Mr Harper, who runs a manufacturing firm and was visiting on a business trip, realised one of the plane’s engines had stalled.
Speaking from Malaysia, he said: ‘We were at about 10,000ft and still climbing. I said to my friend “we just lost an engine”.
‘I looked out of the window and saw flames coming from the cowling on the port side. I called the flight attendant over and said “could you please go to the captain and tell him the engine is on fire”.
‘She looked out and her face went as white as a sheet.
‘The fire started to blister and warp the engine cowels for at least five minutes whilst we lost height.’
The plane turned back towards Subang and ten minutes later was greeted by a fleet of firefighters back at the airport as the passengers were evacuated.
‘The fire appeared to go out but we were watching it, afraid it would catch fire again,’ Mr Harper said.
Busy: Alan Harper, 68, from Saltash, Cornwall, was one of 70 passengers on board the aircraft when the emergency developed
‘There were fire crews chasing us down the runway and we managed to taxi in to the gate and get out with our bags. We were scared, I thought “this is it”.’
Members of the Terengganu football team were among the passengers, on their way home after a match in Selayang.
Mr Harper and his fellow passengers were eventually able to get another flight to reach their destination.
‘Very few passengers actually realised the engine was on fire, so there was no real panic in the cabin, but the people I was with were very scared,’ Mr Harper said.
‘I was sitting next to my colleague’s wife, they had just left their children and she was very shaken.
We thought it was possibly the end. At 10,000ft when you see flames coming out of the engine that is very bad.
‘I am an engineer so I know what it was. It was clear smoke, it wasn’t black smoke or white smoke.
‘The engine just stopped, just like that, and the next thing there were flames coming out of the exhaust.
‘I do a lot of flying all over the world, I am fascinated by air accidents and how things go wrong.
‘I thought this was it.
‘When we got down we were all congratulating each other for still being alive.
The New Straits Times reports that a Malindo Air spokesman said the aircraft took off at 7.35am and the incident happened shortly afterwards.
He said the pilot had taken immediate action by switching off the affected engine, before safely landing at Subang airport.
The cause of the fire was not known. – Daily Mail
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