Tue, Apr 08, 2008
Saw Flames Coming From Engine Prior To Emergency Landing
A Boeing 737 from Athens to Luton made an emergency landing at
the Greek airport 40 minutes after it left Sunday night, after what
passengers said were flames coming from one of the engines.
The BBC reports the EasyJet passengers had already waited
through a 90-minute delay caused by reports of snow in the UK. As
the engine issue developed, they echoed a common complaint about
airlines in streessful times -- poor communications.
"There was a big clanging noise, and obviously we were all
terrified," said passenger Adele Berry. "There wasn't a lot of
information being given.
"Then people towards the rear of the cabin...said that there was
a fire, and were shouting fire, fire.
"We thought we were going to crash. We didn't have a clue what
to do, so we just sat there, holding hands and hoping we'd get back
The pilot reportedly dumped his fuel load while circling over
the Mediterranean before returning to land. EasyJet said its
engineers are investigating a "technical problem" on Flight EZY
2002, and that all passengers were allowed to rebook on alternate
flights to the UK.
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