Engine problem forces emergency landing for Emirates flight
This July 29, 2008 file photo shows an Emirates Airlines Airbus A380 in a photo taken at the Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:02PM EST
SYDNEY, Australia -- An Emirates flight from Sydney to Dubai made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff because of an engine fault, the airline said Monday.
Passengers reported hearing a loud bang and seeing flames coming from the engine of the A380 after it took off from Sydney on Sunday night. The plane landed without incident and passengers were rebooked on other flights.
John Fothergill of Auckland, New Zealand, told Australia's News Limited that he saw flames shooting out of the engine and felt the plane shake.
"I thought it could have been lightning but then we saw flames come out of the engine," he said. "The whole interior of the A380 lit up."
Passenger Ross Clarke told Australia's Seven Network that he heard a loud bang.
"We were told by the pilot that something had gone wrong on the starboard engine, number three engine," he said.