Gulf Air Flight Carrying 219 Passengers Makes Emergency Landing


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A Gulf Air flight carrying 219 people to Bahrain landed safely in the Philippine capital Friday after turning back because of a heat-damaged engine.

The Airbus 330-200 ignited a grass fire at the edge of the runway as it took off and smoke was seen inside the cabin after the plane was airborne, said Ma. Fe Malte, an airport traffic management officer.

The Bahrain-based airline said the plane suffered “engine failure” and had an emergency landing. Flight 155 had 207 passengers and 12 crew members, and no injuries were reported.

Floramina Munzon, a passenger who was seated near the left wing, said she heard something like an explosion after the plane lifted from the ground.

As the twin-engine jet landed safely, the airport’s rescue team and firetrucks rushed to the plane. It dumped fuel before landing, but there were no flames and no need to use fire retardant, Malte said. She said the left engine was damaged by the intense heat.

The airline canceled the flight and booked accommodation for affected passengers, the airport media office said.