An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 was climbing out of Blaise Diagne International Airport on the 8th of October when its right hand engine failed.

The aircraft, registered ET-AMG, was performing flight ET908 to Bamako with 90 people on board when the right hand Pratt and Whitney PW4062 engine suffered from an uncontained failure.

Passengers reported a loud bang with smoke pouring into the cabin shortly after. Following indications and appropriate checklists, the pilots halted the climb at 2500 feet and returned to Blaise Diagne International Airport.

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 Suffers Uncontained Engine Failure
Flightradar24 Screenshot of ET908 (JACDEC – Twitter)

Landing successfully around eight minutes after departure, the aircraft vacated the runway and was greeted by emergency services who put out a fire in the failed engine.

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 Suffers Uncontained Engine Failure

No passengers were injured during the incident and everyone was removed from the aircraft using stairs attached to the left hand doors. Everyone was provided instructions to be accommodated by alternative flights.

Ethiopian Airlines released a statement on the incident, saying the Boeing 767-300 had encountered a technical problem and needed to return to its departure airport.

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 Suffers Uncontained Engine Failure
Airport Service Photo

A noteworthy addition is that this is the fourth serious incident for ET-AMG within five years:

  • In 2014 the aircraft performed a high-speed rejected takeoff.
  • In 2017 the aircraft collided with an Airbus A320 in Delhi.
  • In 2018 an engine failure caused cowl and fuselage damage.

An investigation will likely be opened to determine the cause of the failure, with Pratt and Whitney providing assistance.

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