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Engine malfunction forces Etihad Airways flight to return minutes after takeoff

Flight landed safely and passengers were placed on a replacement flight four hours and 30 minutes after the original aircraft took off

Engine malfunction forces Etihad Airways flight to return minutes after takeoff

An Etihad Airways flight to Jakarta, Indonesia, was forced to return to Abu Dhabi after one of its engines malfunctioned minutes after takeoff in the early hours of the morning earlier today.

EY 474 to Jakarta took off at 2.57am minutes after which a passenger took to Twitter to report hearing an “explosion” after which the aircraft became “unstable”.

Etihad responded to the user saying the aircraft had experienced a “technical issue with one engine” shortly after takeoff.

The aircraft, an A330-200 with seating for 240 passengers, returned to Abu Dhabi safely after which all passengers disembarked before being put on a replacement aircraft that departed for Jakarta at 7.30 am.

This is the second time in just over two years that an Etihad flight to Jakarta has experienced issues while enroute.

In May 2016, an A330-200 faced “severe and unexpected” turbulence that left more than 30 passengers and crew injured and needing treatment.

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