Airbus A330 engine failure closes Australian airport

MELBOURNE, Australia — An explosive engine failure on a Vietnamese airliner showered fiery debris across a runway at Australia’s second busiest airport on Tuesday, preventing planes landing and taking off for 40 minutes, an official said.

The malfunction happened as Vietnam Airlines Flight 780 was taxiing to take off on a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Melbourne Airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett said.

The twin-engine Airbus A330 came to rest at the intersection of the airport’s two runways, blocking all traffic for 40 minutes until 11:30 a.m. local time (01:30 GMT), she said. No one was injured.

“The issue also resulted in some debris from the plane causing some spot fires on the runaway and surrounding area,” Gillett said.

“There are some rumors that the aircraft itself was ablaze with fire — that’s not the case,” she added.

A passenger, who identified himself only as Peter, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio that the jet’s nose had begun lifting for takeoff when the engine failed, forcing the pilots to abort the flight.

He was unsure how many people were aboard, but said the plane was three-quarters full.

An airline official in Melbourne declined to comment.

Gillett said the cause of the engine failure was under investigation.

More in Local News

Mill Creek councilman no longer lives in city, panel finds

The Canvassing Board determined Sean Kelly is not eligible to vote there.

A Democrat and ex-Republican team up to end two-party politics

Brian Baird and Chris Vance unveil a new organization called Washington Independents.

The beavers weren’t happy, either, about Mill Creek flooding

A tree fell on their dam, sending a rush of water into a neighborhood near Jackson High School.

Two windsurfers rescued from Port Susan near Kayak Point

The men had failed to return to shore during Sunday’s windstorm.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s best images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Stranger offered candy to student walking home from school

The Granite Falls School District is warning families about… Continue reading

Coming together as family

Special-needs students and teachers at the Transition Center cooked up a Thanksgiving feast.

Lynnwood’s property tax promise to homeowners sort of true

They were told consolidation of fire departments would save, but new rates likely will be more.

Woman who died in 5-car crash identified

A car driven by Susan E. Sill rear-ended another vehicle Wednesday on Smokey Point Boulevard.

Most Read