Source: Simple Flying
Edits/added information: DutchPilot1
On Thursday, May 30th, a Venezolana airlines flight from Port of Spain to Caracas suffered an engine failure and a subsequent uncontained engine fire. The aircraft was a Boeing 737-200 with registration YV502T. There were no reports of injuries to any of the 80 passengers onboard the plane.
The 40+ years old Boeing 737-200 was performing flight VNE-1303, departing from Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago (POS) to Caracas, Venezuela (CCS). They aircraft was climbing out of Port of Spain when the left hand engine, a Pratt & Whitney JT8D, failed – emitting a loud bang.
Upon failure of the engine, the crew ceased ascending and declared an emergency. The flight then made a return to Port of Spain. A safe landing was made approximately 23 minutes after departure.
Upon landing, the flight was attended to by the airport’s fire fighting team. The exploding engine had become an uncontained engine fire.
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