Singapore Airlines Flight Suffers Brief Power Loss in Both Engines
In an equally frightening and curious situation, a Shanghai-bound Singapore Airlines flight plummeted 13,000 feet on Saturday after suffering a brief power loss in both engines.
Fortunately, pilots were able to restore power and land the flight safely.
According to the Associated Press, Singapore Airlines is currently looking into how and why the incident occurred. The airline stated that there were no "anomalies" detected in either of the engines and is currently reviewing the incident with engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
The Airbus A330-300 was carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members when it struck bad weather more than halfway into the flight and suffered a temporary power loss.
"The pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines," Singapore Airlines said in a statement.
According to information gathered by FlightRadar24.com and the Aviation Herald via the AP, the plane was flying at an altitude of 39,000 feet when the engines cut out and it began descending.
FlightRadar24 on Twitter highlighted the plane's flight path:
After power was restored, it ascended more than 5,000 feet before ultimately landing safely in Shanghai.
The Aviation Herald reported that the plane returned to Singapore following a brief delay.
While commercial planes are able to fly and land safely with only one functioning engine, a situation involving both engines is undoubtedly disconcerting. Fortunately in this case, the pilots stuck to their training and resolved the problem.
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