United Airlines Flight to Marshall Islands Returns to Honolulu After Engine Appears to Catch Fire

By Paul Riegler on 27 May 2019
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A United aircraft in Honolulu

A United aircraft in Honolulu

A United Airlines flight en route to the Marshall Islands returned to Honolulu after an engine appeared to catch fire.

Shortly after departure, the pilot of United Flight 132 reported “emergency, engine failure” to air traffic controllers.

Video taken by a passenger shows flames briefly coming out of the left engine.

The Boeing 737-800, with 142 passengers on board, circled for an hour to burn fuel and reduce landing weight before arriving safely at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on the island of Oahu. The flight was met by emergency crews and no injuries were reported.

The early morning flight was headed to Majoru, the capital of the Marshall Islands, a five-hour flight over open water.

The airline told local news stations that the aircraft is now out of service, and a passenger interviewed by local television station KHON said that the airline said that one of the engine’s compressors failed.

The flight to Majoru is part of United’s Island Hopper route that links Guam and Honolulu via several small islands in Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. The route was originally operated by Continental Micronesia, which inaugurated service in 1968, and is the only scheduled service for many of the islands visited en route.

United operates the thrice-weekly flight with Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Unusual aspects of the flight include bringing along a mechanic with tools and a set of spare parts and the fact that four pilots work the flight to allow for pilot rest time. One pair of pilots work the initial Honolulu-Majuro leg and the other pair flies the remaining legs.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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