One of the engines of a Boeing 737-800 catches fire an hour after takeoff: the aircraft must make an emergency landing in New Zealand

One of the engines of a Boeing 737-800 catches fire an hour after takeoff: the aircraft must make an emergency landing in New Zealand

The exact cause of the engine fire is not yet known. Photothek Media Lab – Felix Zahn – Illustration

This Monday, June 17, 2024, a Boeing 737-800 from Virgin Australia which was to connect Queenstown to Melbourne lost an engine after a fire broke out less than an hour later its takeoff.

This Monday, June 17, 2024, a Boeing 737-800 from Virgin Australia which was to connect Queenstown to Melbourne this Monday lost an engine after a fire broke out. declared less than an hour after takeoff.

67 passengers and 6 crew members

Several witnesses were able to see flames coming out of the device. With one less engine, the aircraft was able to land urgently, but without problem, at Invercargill Airport, on the South Island of New Zealand after having been baffled. There were 67 passengers and six crew members on board.

"The plane was met by emergency services at Invercargill Airport" said Virgin Australia operations director Stuart Aggs.

We do not yet know the exact cause of the engine fire. In a statement, Virgin Australia said the incident may have been caused by "a possible collision with a bird during takeoff".

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