A New Zealander aboard an Emirates flight to Dubai forced to
turn back to Sydney has described "two or three metre flames"
coming from the engine of the A380 when its engine exploded
Emirates flight EK413 was forced to turn around after it
suffered an "engine fault" at 10,000 feet, about 20 minutes
after leaving Sydney for Dubai, news.com.au reported.
Aucklander John Fothergill, 49, told news.com.au he saw a
"flash" before the plane started to shake.
"I thought it could have been lightning but then we saw
flames come out of the engine. The whole interior of the A380
"You'd have to say there were two or three metre flames.
(The) explosion shook the plane, there was a bigger judder."
Mr Fothergill's wife, Dr Amal Aburawi, questioned the
response of staff on the flight.
"The staff panicked more than the passengers," she told
news.com.au. "Everyone was running left and right (with)
no-one knowing what's happened."
The plane dumped fuel and turned around, landing back at
Sydney Airport about 11.30pm local time.
Emirates said an engine fault was responsible for the
Fairfax motoring journalist Matt Campbell was also aboard the
flight. He had heard the incident may have been caused by
"I didn't see flames but the flash that I saw would be
consistent with an engine exploding," he told the Sydney
"It was a bright orange light, I didn't see it for more than
a split second, but it was still a very scary sight."