Two separate flights suffer engine failure but land safely.
Yesterday evening was a strange one over the skies of Turkey when two separate flights suffered engine failure. Stranger still both flights were using the popular twin engined Boeing 737 family of aircraft.
In the first incident one engine on an Anadolu Jet Boeing 737-400 failed. The pilot of the Ankara to Antalya flight managed to land safely despite the failiure. Anadolu Jet are a low cost flight brand owned and operated by Turkish Airlines.
The second incident occurred some 4 hours later when another Boeing 737, this time a new generation model 800, was forced to make an emergency landing at Antalya airport. One of the engines of the Israeli El-Al plane had also failed. The plane was safely landed.
The Boeing 737 is a popular model of aircraft in use all over the world. easyJet uses these planes but is phasing them out in favour of the larger Airbus A319.
The Boeing 737 was the model of aircraft that was involved in the Kegworth Air Disaster in 1989 when a British Midland Boeing 737-400 crashed at East Midlands Airport after one of the blades in the engine ruptured. The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing but made a fatal error by turning off the working engine by mistake. In that incident 47 people died and 74 were injured. Thankfully the pilots of the two planes that landed in Antalya were on the ball.