Norwegian Air Flight 413 had an engine failure on one of its B737s after takeoff from Alesund Vigra Airport in Norway today. The pilots made the decision to perform a precautionary return for landing. The plane landed safely back at Alesund Airport after circling around the area for a long time. The pilots did an excellent job handling the situation.
Sparks shot out of the engine
Passenger Stephanie Schlereth
According to passenger Stephanie Schlereth, sparks were coming out of the engine, followed by a loud bang. The plane then lost altitude and everything got very quiet.
Schlereth said the crew looked openly worried, resulting in herself becoming worried. She added that it took a long time before the passengers heard anything from the captain. However, she appeared to understand that was because the pilots were busy safely handling the airplane.
The 14-year-old Elias was flying alone as a minor. He described the incident in his own way, according to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang:
“We heard a loud bang. The entire airplane shook, and then it got completely quiet for five seconds. It was traumatic and people were scared.”
The Norwegian 737 plane performed a safe one engine out landing back at Alesund Vigra Airport. Emergency equipment and personnel were standing by, as is routine during these types of incidents. The passengers and crew then deplaned.
Norwegian Air comments
Norwegian’s spokesperson Charlotte Holmberg Jacobsson explained the entire incident as a precautionary and planned landing. Since technical problems occurred a precautionary landing was the right thing to do, prioritizing safety first.
The spokesperson had no details as to what exactly happened to the engine. The plane would be inspected later.
The passengers were booked on another plane, which left Alesund a little later with no incident.
Second engine failure return to landing incident in one week
Today’s Norwegian Air engine failure in Alesund was the second engine failure on an airliner to happen in one week. The first one of the week happened in Los Angeles. A Philippine Airlines 777 had an engine fire after departure from Los Angeles.