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Etihad plane returns to Abu Dhabi after engine trouble

Anjana Sankar /Abu Dhabi Filed on September 5, 2018
Etihad plane returns to Abu Dhabi after engine trouble

The pilot manage to land the aircraft safely back to Abu Dhabi airport.

A Jakarta-bound Etihad plane was forced to return to Abu Dhabi minutes after take-off due to a reported engine problem mid-air.

"Around one min after take-off I heard an explosion from the right engine, and the aircraft was unstable for few seconds. The pilot manage to land the aircraft safely back to Abu Dhabi airport, and now we are waiting for an explanation," a passenger tweeted the Etihad Help.

EY 474 that took off from Abu Dhabi at around 2.55am on Wednesday.

The airline's help desk tweeted back saying the plane returned to the airport due to a 'technical issue.'

"The aircraft landed safely and passengers disembarked and are now in the terminal building," read the Etihad tweet.

In an official statement issued to Khaleej Times, an Etihad representative said all passengers disembarked safely, and a replacement flight was provided.

"Etihad Airways flight EY474, from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta, returned to Abu Dhabi Airport shortly after take-off due to a technical issue with one of its engines . The aircraft landed safely and passengers disembarked. A replacement aircraft was provided and the flight departed at 7.30am."

"Etihad Airways apologises for the delay and inconvenience to passengers. Safety is the airline's number one priority," added the spokesperson.



Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.

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