Scoot probing sparks from aircraft engine

A post showing sparks from the right wing engine of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Scoot has launched an investigation.
A post showing sparks from the right wing engine of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Scoot has launched an investigation.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WEIBO.COM

Scoot has launched an investigation into why sparks were seen shooting from one of the engines of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner last Saturday.

Flight TZ001, which was en-route from Sydney to Singapore, was about 40 minutes from its destination when passengers heard a loud sound before noticing sparks emanating from the engine on the plane's right wing.

A passenger's friend described the incident in a post on microblog website Weibo the same day. The post, which was accompanied by a 31-second video of the incident, also said no one was injured.

In response to media queries, Scoot yesterday said the incident took place during the plane's descent into Singapore. This "necessitated a shutdown of the right engine", it said.

Its flight crew then contacted the Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre and requested fire services to be on stand-by upon landing.

The aircraft landed at about 6.40pm as scheduled and fire services subsequently confirmed that there was no engine fire.

A Scoot spokesman said: "The cause of the incident is under investigation.

"Safety is of utmost importance to Scoot and we will spare no effort to ensure the well-being of our guests."

Melody Zaccheus

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Sparks fly from engine of Scoot passenger plane. http://str.sg/4QNH

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2016, with the headline 'Scoot probing sparks from aircraft engine'. Print Edition | Subscribe