Plane makes emergency landing in Canary Island

11th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Ten minutes after takeoff, the Spanish airline’s pilot detected a fault in one engine and turned back to the island.

Madrid – A Spanish airliner en route to Oslo with 189 passengers made an emergency landing in the Canary Islands Wednesday after the pilot detected a fault in one of the engines, sources at Spain's aviation authority AENA said.

They said there were no injuries in the incident, which occurred after the Airbus A320 of the Iberworld charter airline turned back to the island of Gran Canaria 10 minutes after takeoff for the Norwegian capital.

Several passengers, speaking to Norwegian news media, said they saw flames and heard explosions.

"It was very frightening. Some flames were coming out of the engine. We heard several bangs," one told the Verdens Gang newspaper.

The AENA sources said most of the passengers on the flight, chartered by a Norwegian tour company, Ving travel service, boarded another flight to Oslo.

But 17 of them refused to get on the plane, "for various reasons, some because they had children, or they were afraid," one AENA source said.

AFP / Expatica

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