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Travelers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) were stunned to look out terminal windows and see fire spewing from a Hawaiian Airlines engine on Tuesday night. As a Hawaiian Airbus A330 on a ferry flight was on its final approach at SEA, it experienced an engine issue, with what appears to be engine no. 1, on the left side, catching fire.
Passengers inside the airport captured the incident on video:
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Hawaiian Flight 875, a short ferry flight from Paine Field, Washington (PAE) to SEA, was carrying no passengers on board — only flight crew. According to Hawaiian, the aircraft’s fire extinguishing system and local fire officials were able to put out the fire.
Hawaiian said that the aircraft experienced a “left engine issue on final approach.” According to the airline, the two pilots who were on board were unharmed, and the aircraft is currently being inspected.
According to a SEA spokesperson, there were no alarms when the aircraft was in the air, and it’s believed to be that the problem was a compressor stall, a disruption of the flow of air into the engine that can have several causes. As reported by CBS News, the FAA says it will investigate.
In August, Japan Airlines Flight 6 experienced an engine fire on takeoff, and the 777-300ER aircraft dumped fuel before safely landing back at Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT).
Featured image by Hawaiian Airlines.
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