Virgin Airlines plane catches fire, makes emergency landing | World | News by StuffsEarth

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A Virgin Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine fire in New Zealand, according to reports. 

The flight from Queenstown to Melbourne reportedly experienced an issue with one of its engines after takeoff. Witnesses heard loud bangs while flames could be seen coming out of the engine. 

Nick Lambert said he heard “one hell of a pulsing/throbbing noise” coming from one of the engines, which then shot flames out of it, reports the Mail Online.

Another witness said: “Sounded like it was coming apart over our house. One engine was throwing flames and sputtering out.”

It is believed that 73 people were on board at the time, and two have been injured after the emergency landing – a passenger and a crew member.

A Queenstown Airport spokeswoman said: “Virgin Australia flight VA148 departed Queenstown Airport at 5:59pm, bound for Melbourne. It experienced an issue just after takeoff and has been diverted to Invercargill Airport.”

Virgin Australia Chief Operations Officer Stuart Aggs said in a statement: ‘Virgin Australia flight VA148 from Queenstown to Melbourne diverted to Invercargill Airport and landed safely following a possible bird strike on take-off this evening.

“The aircraft has been met by emergency services at Invercargill Airport. The safety of our guests and crew is our highest priority.”

The diverted flight landed in Invercargill at about 6:55pm, just under an hour after it took off from Queenstown Airport.

Witness Matt Foot told Newshub: “I had a good view as I was walking along the Kawarau River with my dog, so the flames … were quite bright. The engine sounded as though it was over-revving and it would do that twice, and then shoot flames from right around the back of the jet.

“I watched this repeat approximately 12 to 14 times before the plane disappeared around the side of the Gibbston Valley hill. The plane appeared to be struggling to gain speed or altitude.” Foot said the flames “engulfed the whole back of the jet before going out”.

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