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Qatar Airways plane is forced to make emergency landing in Turkey after engine catches fire

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A Qatar Airways passenger jet with over 300 people on board was forced to make an emergency landing at Istanbul’s main airport today (Thursday) after an engine caught fire, the airline said, blaming a ‘bird strike’ for the blaze.

The Airbus A330 had been headed for Doha, Qatar but had to turn back to Ataturk International airport less than 30 minutes into its journey.

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Shocking videos have captured flames shooting out of the passenger jet’s engine as it returns to the Istanbul hub.

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The plane was carrying 298 passengers and 14 crew and all were evacuated safely, according to the airline.

However, local Turkish news agencies reported one woman on board was hospitalised after suffering a fainting spell.

The airline blamed the fire on Flight QR240 on what it described as a ‘bird strike’ .

A spokesperson for Qatar Airways told MailOnline: ‘Qatar Airways can confirm that QR240 from Istanbul to Doha experienced a bird strike, which resulted in its safe return to Istanbul.

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‘All 298 passengers and 14 crew disembarked normally and the airline is sending a replacement aircraft to Istanbul.

‘Customer needs, including onward travel, will be taken care of by the airline. The safety of our passengers is our most important responsibility. The pilot followed all safety procedures.’

Turkish media said the airline would send a replacement aircraft to Istanbul to ferry waiting passengers onward to its hub in the new Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Typically, such strikes can see birds sucked into a passenger plane’s jet engine, sparking a fire and shorting it out.

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 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.’

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At noon after the aircraft had landed at Ataturk International airport, airport staff inspected the plane’s engines.

According to Turkish news site, AirportHaber there was ‘damage to the blades’.

The site has shared pictures of airport workers in high-vis jackets peering into the Airbus A330’s left engine.

Courtesy : Dailymail

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These are the Top 10 best US airlines of 2024

These are the Top 10 best US airlines of 2024

In an era where air travel plays an integral role in connecting people and places, the quality of airline service can significantly impact travelers’ experiences.

As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of aviation, insights into the performance and reliability of different carriers become invaluable. Enter WalletHub’s comprehensive analysis, offering a glimpse into the 10 best US airlines of 2024. Join us as we embark on a journey through the clouds, exploring the top performers.

Best airlines of 2024

  1. Alaska Airlines (68.07 out of 100): Anchoring the list is Alaska Airlines, celebrated for its consistency and customer satisfaction. With a score of 68.07, Alaska Airlines sets the standard for excellence in the skies.
  2. SkyWest Airlines (65.96): Following closely behind is SkyWest Airlines, recognized for its operational prowess and reliability. With a score of 65.96, SkyWest secures its position among the elite.
  3. Spirit Airlines (65.69): Surging into third place is Spirit Airlines, renowned for its affordability and expansive route network. Despite its low-cost model, Spirit Airlines earns acclaim with a score of 65.69.
  4. Delta Air Lines (61.56): A stalwart of the industry, Delta Air Lines maintains its reputation for superior service and efficiency. With a score of 61.56, Delta continues to soar above the competition.
  5. United Airlines (51.96): United Airlines occupies the middle ground, offering a balance of convenience and comfort to travelers. With a score of 51.96, United remains a dependable choice for domestic and international flights.
  6. JetBlue Airways (51.6): JetBlue Airways, known for its focus on customer experience and amenities, secures its place in the top 10 with a score of 51.6.
  7. Hawaiian Airlines (48.3): Transporting passengers, Hawaiian Airlines earns accolades for its hospitality and island-inspired service. With a score of 48.3, Hawaiian Airlines embodies the spirit of aloha.
  8. American Airlines (46.52): Despite facing challenges, American Airlines maintains its presence among the top performers with a score of 46.52, showcasing resilience in the competitive aviation landscape.
  9. Frontier Airlines (43.57): Frontier Airlines offers budget-conscious travelers a gateway to the skies with its affordable fares and diverse destinations. With a score of 43.57, Frontier Airlines secures its place in the top 10.
  10. Southwest Airlines (36.03): Rounding out the list is Southwest Airlines, renowned for its no-frills approach and extensive route network. With a score of 36.03, Southwest Airlines remains a popular choice for travelers seeking simplicity and value.
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