By Staff writer
Flight to Sydney forced into high-speed landing at Abu Dhabi airport
An Etihad Airways flight to Sydney was forced into making an emergency landing at Abu Dhabi Airport following an engine failure.
The three-year-old Boeing 777 left Abu Dhabi on schedule on Tuesday morning with 329 passengers on board, but was forced to return to the UAE capital just 32 minutes into the flight when one of the aircraft's engine failed.
The flight was forced into an high-speed, emergency landing upon arrival at Abu Dhabi, leading to panic among passengers on board the aircraft, according to media reports.
“Etihad Airways flight EY450 to Sydney returned to Abu Dhabi shortly after take-off following the failure of one of the aircraft’s engines,” said an Etihad spokesperson.
“The pilots and cabin crew carried out the emergency procedures before landing which they practice regularly during their routine training details. The crew are to be commended for their calm professionalism which ensured a safe outcome for all our guests.
"The aircraft is undergoing corrective maintenance action and an alternative aircraft will operate the new service.”
Local hotel accommodation was arranged for the 329 passengers who were re-booked onto a later flight to Australia. All passengers have subsequently been flown to Sydney, the spokesperson confirmed.
Well done Etihad team work and excellent pilots, and to keep a safe track record.......
Not sure after experiencing something like that, I would want to be accommodated on another flight!
I'd be renting a car to the nearest port, then flagging down my favourite ship (QM2) to take me via sea!!!