Jet loses power midair, drops 13,000ft

A Singapore Airline (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai, SIA confirmed on Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometer) before normal operation was restored. The carrier said it was investigating he May 23 incident together with Airbus and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. “We are not able to provide further information but we can confirm that the same aircraft was used for the return flight,” an airplane spokesman said.

In a statement, SIA said the Airbus A330-300, carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members, “encountered bad weather at 39,000 feet about three and a half hours after departure” from Singapore. “Both engines experienced a temporary loss of power and the pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines,” it said.

“The flight continued to Shanghai and touched down uneventfully at 10:56pm local time,” it said. It added that the engines “were thoroughly inspected and tested upon arrival in Shanghai with no anomalies detected”.

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