A Singapore Airlines plane carrying 194 people from Singapore to Shanghai reportedly lost power in both of its engines mid-flight on Saturday evening, resulting in the jet falling 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) before it regained altitude.
A total of 182 passengers and 12 crew members were on board the Airbus A330-300 when it approached bad weather about 3.5 hours into the flight and both engines suddenly cut out. The power came back after “the pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines,” the airliner said in a statement released today. Flight SQ836 landed “uneventfully” in Shanghai at 10:56 p.m. Beijing time. Both engines were soon after inspected with no “anomalies” found. After a two-hour delay, the plane returned to Singapore.
According to the Associated Press:
Data from FlightRadar24.com and a report in the Aviation Herald revealed that the plane was cruising at 39,000 feet (11,887 meters), about 260 kilometers (162 miles) from Hong Kong, when both Rolls-Royce Trent 772 engines stopped working.
The jet dropped to 26,000 feet (7,925 meters) before power was restored, and climbed back to 31,200 feet (9,510 meters) before it landed safely in Shanghai about 1 hour, 40 minutes later, the report said.
A senior captain with an unnamed Southeast Asian airline told Reuters that power-loss in both engines is incredibly rare, but that pilots are trained to handle the situation should it arise.
“We do occasionally lose power in one engine for various reasons, but you hardly ever lose both engines. If that happens, you follow the procedures in your check-list and try to restart the engines. The pilots successfully did that here,” the captain said.
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