An Aer Lingus flight bound for Los Angeles was forced to divert to Shannon, Ireland after one engine shut down during takeoff.
EI145, an A330-200 traveling from Dublin to Los Angeles, departed Dublin on-schedule at 3:25p from Dublin. But the flight deck reported an “engine fire” warning light and visually confirmed smoking pouring out of the engine two (starboard / right side).
Immediate clearance was granted to land in Shannon and the aircraft descended to 3,000 feet, but circled for 30 minutes to dump fuel. When the aircraft reached safe landing weight limits, the pilots initiated final descent and landed safety at 4:36p. Fire crews met the aircraft on the runway, but the aircraft was deemed safe enough to taxi to a jet bridge.
The full flight featured 267 passengers and a 11 crew members on board.
Aer Lingus issued the following statement:
Aer Lingus flight EI145 departed Dublin today at 15:39 (local time) en route to Los Angeles with 267 passengers and 11 crew on board.
The flight diverted to Shannon Airport due to a technical fault with the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely at Shannon at 16:36 (local time).
Emergency services were in attendance as a precaution. Passengers will be brought to Los Angeles on the next available flight.
Passengers Were Always Safe
I almost wrote the story in the following way–
One engine blew out on an an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Los Angeles. The flight diverted to Shannon. Everyone was fine. It was no big deal. The end.
Indeed, it was no big deal and that is actually why I am writing about it. Many still have a fear about flying and particularly about engine failure. This incident nicely demonstrates how safe airline travel is. If an engine blows out, the other engine + pilot precision will get passengers to safe harbor. This was yet another textbook example.
While crashes still do occur from time to time, we truly live in a golden era of safety when it comes to commercial air travel. I would have been far more comfortable with an engine failure on an A330-200 than on my own car while driving.