Jet2 Engine Shoots 30 Foot Flames as Tourists Watch From Beach (VIDEO)

Posted Jul 25th 2011 08:30 AMUpdated Jul 25th 2011 10:53 AM

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A Jet2 flight from Ibiza to Manchester, England was forced to make an emergency landing in Majorca after flames burst from the plane's engine shortly after take off.


Despite the fire, the plane stayed airborne for 77 minutes after pilots shut the engine down, news.com.au reports.

Passengers heard an explosion and saw the plane's right engine erupt in fire, shooting flames 30 feet long. The plane landed over an hour later, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the airline, the plane suffered a "technical problem."

Two passengers took to the Web to discuss the incident. One wrote: "Most terrifying moment of my life! So glad to be home safe in the Isle of Man." While another wrote, "I'm not the best flyer anyway but when I heard those noises and looked out the window to see flames coming out of the engine, I can honestly say I was terrified."

Beachgoers posted a video on YouTube of the plane's engine bursting into flames (see below) and told the Daily Mail, "At first we thought fireworks were being launched and turned around to see the plane. I can only imagine what it sounded like inside."

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Americuss

Cool! Afterburner on airliner.

October 14 2011 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
phlyerhu

(ex USAF pilot) Sounds dramatic - and it is a problem in that they lost an engine - but not really as bad as it might seem. Airliners are designed to fly on one engine, especially after takeoff. This was a compressor stall, which explains the loud bangs caused by high pressure air in the engine blowing out the front, accompanied by fire from unburned fuel coming out the back. The normal response is for the pilot to shut it down, burn off or dump fuel and come back and land. Safely.

September 28 2011 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WilderBill

Topmind: Don't tell them too much they can't handle it. From a retired airline pilot!

July 30 2011 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sergiohanson

I have read all the comments. One of them brought peace to my spirit, "nobody was hurt". Many years ago I was a Control Tower operator, I had the chance to observe many accidents, one particular of a plane over the Andes, completely demolished, few were saved, but they had an experience encripted in their minds to last for lifetime, survive without food for days, how? I prefer not to mention it, just ice and snow. Have pity for those who have survived after expossed to experiences like these. USAF.

July 29 2011 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe Padilla

Hey Kimbakat,

I take my kids on flights all the time. It's called being a parent. Sorry that your parents didn't care enough to let you experience life by taking you out of your environment. It impacted how you turned out as an adult.

Intolerant and angry.

See you on the plane sucka!

July 28 2011 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eckoace1025

Hows this 30' flames??

July 28 2011 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
topmind

It is just a compressor stall. Big deal. Jet injunz are carefully internally regulated to keep the air flow going towards the rear end. But occasionally, swallowing a bird will confuse the regulation and the compressor will surge, stall and make a pop, while allowing the combustion chamber's flames to come out the engine intake... whence they are immediately sucked in again as the compressor recovers and the bird is spat out the engine's business end. The engine can continue running, however as a precaution, some airlines recommend shutting it down. Lawyers rule.

July 28 2011 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
downriger

bursting in to flames? really? looks more like an air fuel mixture issue to me. Reporters and the BS. i wish they had real jobs before they started to Write propaganda

July 28 2011 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kimbakat

Why do people bring babies on planes? I will never understand why people travel with kids under 4.
Why do parents feel they can torture 200 other people with their misbehaved offspring? If they know their kids well and know they don't cry and bitch and moan....then ok..

but otherwise...GET OFF THE FRIGGIN PLANES and BUSSES!!! NOBODY WANTS YOUR LOUD KIDS!

July 28 2011 at 11:00 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Don't forget that you were a kid once. You'd be deprived if your parents didn't take you on planes and buses.

July 28 2011 at 1:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ktmocala

Sorry you're not feeling well "Kim." Have a great weekend and try to recover some sense of civility about you.

July 29 2011 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

I can't believe I just wasted 2 1/2 minutes of my life watching an nothing landing. I'd had been better served watching a bad porn movie. Sheeeeesh.

July 28 2011 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Willie

Please keep both hands on the keyboard

July 28 2011 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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