HONG KONG: Cathay engine fire under investigation

Investigations continue into an engine malfunction on one of Cathay Pacific’s its aircraft that prompted pilots of the Jakarta-bound flight to make an emergency landing in Singapore, chief executive John Slosar said this week. Slosar told reporters that it will take some time to analyse the Trent 700 engine on the Airbus A330-300 in order […]


Investigations continue into an engine malfunction on one of Cathay Pacific’s its aircraft that prompted pilots of the Jakarta-bound flight to make an emergency landing in Singapore, chief executive John Slosar said this week. Slosar told reporters that it will take some time to analyse the Trent 700 engine on the Airbus A330-300 in order to pinpoint the cause of the malfunction. “It normally takes…a few weeks to do, and figure out what the problem is, and we’ll co-operate fully with authorities in Singapore and Rolls-Royce” on the investigation, he said. Singapore’s Air Accident Investigation Bureau is expected to lead the probe into the Cathay Pacific incident. The aircraft, with 136 passengers on board, returned to Singapore early Monday, just over an hour after take-off, “following a stall warning from the No. 2 engine,” Cathay Pacific said in an earlier statement. It said sparks were reported in one of the jet’s two engines. Cathay said the pilots of flight CX715 shut down the Trent engine after receiving the alert and returned the aircraft to Singapore. No injuries were reported in the incident. Passengers reported that about 20 minutes after take-off, there were two sharp bangs which caused the aircraft to shake violently followed by the lights going out. Passengers also reported smelling something burning. Slosar added that in-flight engine shutdowns happen to every airline, and noted that twin-engine aircraft can function normally with only one engine operating. “It’s infrequent. It doesn’t happen very often, but it does happen to all airlines around the world,” he said.