Double Engine Failure Aboard Singapore Airlines Flight Causes 13000 Ft Drop

Double Engine Failure Aboard Singapore Airlines Flight Causes 13000 Ft Drop
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Last week, Singapore Airlines (SIA) Flight 836 lost power in both of its Rolls-Royce engines mid-flight.


The problem occurred when the flight from Singapore to Shanghai was cruising at 39,000 feet just south of Honk Kong, according to Flightradar 24. The Airbus A330-300 experienced a 13,000 feet drop before the functionality of the engines could be restored.

Singapore Airlines said that the A330 “experienced a temporary loss of power” after experiencing bad weather, as reported by The Aviation Herald.

An Airbus spokesman said, “We are in contact with the airline and Rolls-Royce to determine the cause of this incident.”

With 182 passengers and 12 crew members aboard, the pilots were able to land SQ836 safely in Shanghai at 10:56 p.m. local time. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

According to Bloomberg, Singapore Air said in a statement, “The pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines. The engines were thoroughly inspected and tested upon arrival in Shanghai with no anomalies detected.”

Singapore’s Air Accident Investigation Bureau (SAAIB) confirmed the occurrence of the incident, saying, “The AAIB will be the authority for investigating this incident. The AAIB is in the midst of gathering information and flight data from the operator.”

The airline further said that it was looking into the matter with Airbus and Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc.

According to Business Insider, the A330-300, one of Airbus’ highest selling aircraft, is a twin-engine midsize wide-body airliner. The aircraft in which the incident occurred had Rolls-Royce Trent 772B turbofan engines.

There are 31 Airbus A330-300s in Singapore’s fleet.

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