Boeing 747 Engine Catches Fire, Parts Scatter Over Maastricht

By Kurt Stolz on 21 February 2021
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Sint-Janskirk, or Saint Jan’s Church, in Maastricht

An engine on a Boeing 747 Freighter bound for New York and operated by Longtail Aviation caught fire, resulting in the injuries of two people on the ground after parts broke off and fell to the ground.

The incident occurred one day after a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 had a similar incident while en route from Denver to Honolulu.

The news was confirmed by the responsible Veiligheidsregio or safety region in the Netherlands, the agency responsible for crisis response, and authorities at Maastricht Aachen Airport, a regional aerodrome in Limburg.

The 31-year-old Jumbo Jet was taking off from Maastricht Airport when one of the right-hand engines suffered severe damage. The incident caused pieces of metal to rain down on the town of Meerssen near Maastricht shortly after takeoff.

The 747 diverted to Liège Airport in Belgium, where the plane had an “uneventful landing,” said Martin Amick, the airline’s CEO.  Amick said that the flight crew “dealt with this situation professionally and in accordance with the correct aviation standards.”

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