A Qatar Airways aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport today , Thursday, after one of its engines caught fire shortly after take-off, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.
The Airbus 330 had been headed for Doha but had to turn back to Atarturk airport less than 30 minutes into its journey, after its landing gear failed to retract on take-off, an airport official said.Shocking videos have captured flames shooting out of the passenger jet’s engine as it returns to the Istanbul hub.It was not immediately clear how many passengers and crew were on board the flight but there were no reports of any casualties.
A spokesperson for Qatar Airways told MailOnline: ‘Qatar Airways can confirm that today’s QR240 from Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) to Doha (DOH) has returned to Istanbul and has landed safely. ‘The passengers have disembarked as normal. The pilot followed all QR safety procedures.’ Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported that the emergency landing was ordered after flames came out of the plane’s left-side engine.
Mehmet Kirazoglu, who first reported the plane landing on Twitter said: ‘I was in Turkish Airlines Technology building nearby the IST airport we heard a strange engine sound over us.‘When [we looked] up we saw a Qatar Airways plane whose left engine was flaming out.It turned round towards sea, I suppose it drained its fuel [in the] Marmara Sea. Thank god, we have learnt that it landed safely.’
This is a developing story.