Engine failure caused 1Time to abort

2010-10-31 16:25

Johannesburg - A 1Time plane had an aborted take-off after an engine failure at the OR Tambo airport on Sunday, the airline said.

"During the take-off roll, the left-hand engine lost power and the captain successfully aborted the take-off without incident," 1Time CEO Rodney James said in a statement.

He said five of the 128 passengers who were on board the plane during the incident were under observation, but there were no serious injuries.

Once the problem with the engine was reported to the control tower, the captain parked the aircraft.

"The fire department was deployed, and on arrival at the aircraft reported smoke coming from the left-hand engine."

An emergency evacuation was then carried out.

"There was no external fire, but there was smoke coming out of the engine exhaust due to the engine failure.

"Initial visual investigations indicate possible foreign object damage as the cause of the engine failure."

A replacement aircraft was called in to fly the stranded passengers to their destination.