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25th Jan 2013, 02:34
A Turkish Airlines flight suffered an engine fire due to lightning strike during its descend to İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport (LTBJ)

Turkish Airlines flight TK-2348, an Airbus A321-231 registration TC-JRI, landed at LTBJ safely at 22:05 UTC
Passengers exited the plane normally. There were no injuries and no impact on airport operations.

Incident also recorded by local people who witnessed the situation


25th Jan 2013, 08:49
Wow! Is that for real?

Definite brown trouser time if it is. A tip of the hat to all who got the plane onto the ground safely.

25th Jan 2013, 08:49
Would have been scary for the pax sitting behind the wing!

25th Jan 2013, 09:46
Video from passengers on board.

Y (http://www.trthaber.com/videolar/yildirim-carpan-thy-ucaginin-icinden-13924.html)

Local news says plane landed safely and taken to maintenance afterwards.

25th Jan 2013, 10:15
I fuel is cut off what keeps burning so long?

25th Jan 2013, 10:22
Video from passengers on board.

What, no widespread panic and absolutely no plummeting? I'm deeply disappointed... :ok:

25th Jan 2013, 10:22
I think that are sparks from a defect windmilling engine. No flammable fluids involved anymore.

25th Jan 2013, 10:29
I think that are sparks from a defect windmilling engine. No flammable fluids involved anymore.

Yes, I once had an open starter valve on A321 (on grd), looked pretty much the same until all starter metal gone....

25th Jan 2013, 12:13
On ground? And your APU bleed valve was stuck open as well?!

25th Jan 2013, 12:19
No, but the starter motor died faster....

Looks like a mechanical failure or disintegrating starter during takeoff


25th Jan 2013, 12:44
What a confusing event descriptions

Lightning strikes don't wipe out engines

The only video I could decipher appears to show a mechanical failure (sparks) followed by a continuous surging and a very very long time to turn off the fuel and secure the engine.

Could be another one of those fan drive turbine failures (Ala USAIR B737). They probably burned out the whole turbine if you look up the tailpipe.

summary engine failure, air-turn-back, safe landing, scared passengers.

25th Jan 2013, 15:20
It is said that it was a flight from Istanbul (LTBA) to Izmir (LTBJ). The arrived passengers are in Izmir, so no turning back.

Interviewed Passengers on video are at arrivals in Izmir, and say that it was a bumpy ride, no special announcements made, and flight arrived on time.

25th Jan 2013, 15:23
Btw, passengers say they havent heard anything about a lightning. So lightning seems to be just media speculation to make a routine engine failure more interesting.

28th Jan 2013, 01:55
Plane catches on fire after lightning strike | News.com.au (http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/plane-catches-fire-after-lightning-strike/story-e6frfq80-1226563295777)

28th Jan 2013, 11:00
Lightning strikes don't wipe out engines

Air Accidents Investigation: Embraer EMB-145EP, G-RJXG (http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/bulletins/november_2005/embraer_emb_145ep__g_rjxg.cfm)