Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 Returns to Milan Following Engine Issues

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 20, 2024 18:30 PMNews
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On May 17, a Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-300, registered TC-JOK, operating flight TK1876 from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul, was forced to return to Malpensa Airport shortly after takeoff due to engine issues. The incident occurred as the aircraft was climbing out of Malpensa's runway 35L when smoke was observed coming from one of its General Electric CF6 engines.

The pilots halted the climb at 6,000 feet and decided to return to Malpensa for a safe landing on runway 35R, approximately 30 minutes after departure. This precautionary measure led to the cancellation of flight TK1876, and the aircraft remained grounded at Milan Malpensa Airport more than 24 hours after the incident.

Engine failures, particularly during critical phases like takeoff and landing, require immediate and precise action by pilots. In this case, the crew's decision to return to Malpensa ensured the safety of all passengers and crew on board. The Airbus A330's physics change with an engine failure, causing an imbalance of thrust and yawing towards the failed engine. Pilots counteract this with the rudder pedals, applying the opposite rudder to correct the aircraft's path.

While engine failures can be dangerous, especially at low altitudes and speeds, they are manageable with proper training and procedures. Historical incidents, such as British Airways Flight 38 and US Airways Flight 1549, highlight the effectiveness of pilot training in handling such emergencies, ensuring passenger safety even in critical situations.

Turkish Airlines and aviation authorities will likely conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the engine issue on flight TK1876. As of now, the aircraft TC-JOK remains under inspection in Milan.

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