Dutch airplane loses engine, lands safely

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21 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — A HollandExel airplane was forced to return to a Brazilian airport after one of its engines stopped working 45 minutes after takeoff on Monday morning.

21 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — A HollandExel airplane was forced to return to a Brazilian airport after one of its engines stopped working 45 minutes after takeoff on Monday morning.

Flying with just one engine, the Boeing 767 with 273 people on boarded landed safely at the airport in Recife, where it had originated. All passengers have been given emergency accommodation at city hotels.

A HollandExel spokesman said the plane was en route to Amsterdam when the left-hand engine cut out. The pilot decided to return to Recife, informed passengers and landed the plane with just one engine.

"Passengers were frightened for a little while," the spokesman admitted.

The spokesman said no signs of a fire in the engine have been detected, despite the fact that sparks were seen. Airport firefighters also cooled the plane's brakes after the emergency landing, news service 'nu.nl' reported

The plane is 10 to 12 years old and was on lease from Swedish airline SAS. HollandExel was previously known as Air Holland, which went bankrupt last year.

The ExelAviationGroup (EAG) of Erik de Vlieger bought the company last year. HollandExel has since received a moratorium on debt repayments.

Travel agency TUI Nederland then slashed prices in a bid to fill empty seats on HollandExel holiday flights. TUI — which owns Holland International, Arke and Kras Reizen — said in February it was offering discounts of EUR 300 to 700 on advertised prices.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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