ATR-72-212 Engine Fire, Emergency Landing in Budapest

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
By George Hatcher

On 02-OCT-2013, a CSA Czech Airlines ATR-72-212 developed an engine fire after takeoff from Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest Hungary. Witness report seeing a long trail of black smoke as the plane took off. Some report that smoke coming from the left side of the gearbox.

Crew reported smoke in the cabin and requested a return.

Thirty-three passengers were aboard and four crew.

The flight was en route to Prague but didn’t get far.

Pilots returned to Budapest and made a safe landing—or rather, as safe a landing as one can have with an engine on fire and a cabin with smoke in it.

The burning engine was shut down (it was a PW127).

The official response from Czech Airlines said that the flight crew turned off the affected engine, shut down the fire and returned to the Budapest airport. After the plane made its landing safely with no problems, passengers disembarked in the standard way by stairs. No emergency assistance was needed, and no one was injured.

Czech Airlines provided passengers a morning flight to Prague.

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