Delta Air Lines Flight Returns to West Palm Beach After Engine Fire

By Ivan PetrenkoJun 23, 2024 16:30 PMNews
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A Boston-bound Delta Air Lines flight had to return to West Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), Florida, after an engine fire on Thursday. The Airbus A320-200, carrying 162 passengers and six crew members, safely landed back at PBI without any injuries or further incidents.

The aircraft experienced an engine fire on its left-hand engine during its initial climb, halting its ascent at 3,000 feet. The flight crew declared an emergency and returned to the airport shortly after takeoff.

The aircraft, a 22-year-old Airbus A320-200, was grounded for around 10 hours at PBI before resuming its journey to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Following the incident, the aircraft has continued to operate flights without further issues, ensuring its airworthiness.

In recent weeks, there have been several engine fire incidents involving Airbus A320-200 aircraft. United Airlines experienced a similar event on a flight from Chicago to Seattle, where an engine fire during the take-off roll forced the pilots to abort the takeoff and safely return to the gate. Additionally, an Air India Express A320-200 had to return to Bengaluru after an engine fire shortly after takeoff, and a Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 diverted to Invercargill following an engine fire due to a possible bird strike.

Modern aircraft are equipped with advanced fire detection and extinguishing systems, making air travel safe despite such incidents. These systems alert pilots to engine fires, allowing them to take swift action to ensure passenger safety. Redundant extinguishing systems enable pilots to manage and extinguish fires from the cockpit.

Delta Air Lines has not yet responded with further details about the incident. As more information becomes available, updates will be provided.

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