SIA plane loses power mid-air with 194 on board
Singapore: Nearly 200 people on a Singapore Airlines flight had some scary moments when both engines of the aircraft experienced a temporary loss of power and had to descend 13,000 feet amid bad weather, prompting the airline to launch a probe into the rare incident.
The incident occurred at 39,000 ft about 3.5 hours after Flight SQ836 bound for Shanghai, operated by an Airbus A330- 300, left Changi Airport on Saturday.
“Both engines experienced a temporary loss of power and the pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines”, the airline’s spokesman said.
The flight with 182 passengers and 12-crew on board continued to Shanghai, China and touched down safely at 10.56pm local time, he added.
The engines were thoroughly inspected and tested upon arrival in Shanghai with no anomalies detected.
SIA is reviewing the incident with engine maker, Rolls-Royce and Airbus, according to Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper reported.
Power loss in both engines is considered rare in the aviation industry, but pilots are trained to respond to it.
SIA, Asia’s third largest carrier by market value, currently has 29 Airbus A330-300s in its passenger fleet.