Reason Why You Shouldn’t Panic When An Airliner Loses An Engine In Flight

Thomson Airways Boeing 737

Thomson Airways

Over the weekend, a Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner suffered a failure in one of its massive GE turbofan engines over the Atlantic.

The airliner, traveling from the Dominican Republic to Manchester, England, was an hour and a half into the nine-hour flight. The jet, full of vacationers returning to the U.K., safely diverted on its remaining engine to a remote airport in the Azores Islands.

Instances of an airliner losing an engine are obviously not unheard of. It can and does happen. Most of the time, the pilot diverts and no one is injured.

However, there have been occasions in which pilots chose to fly on to their destination instead of turning around.

In 2005, British Airways Flight 268, routed to London, lost one of its four engines while taking off from Los Angeles International Airport. Instead of returning to LAX, the pilot and his Boeing 747-400 continued on toward Heathrow Airport. But because of unfavorable winds and operating conditions that caused the plane to burn too much fuel, the jumbo jet didn’t have the gas to reach London and made an emergency landing in Manchester.


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