UPDATE: Airlink passenger shares account of 'massive explosion' ahead of emergency landing

2017-11-09 13:11 - Gabi Zietsman
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(Instagram/Clint Scriven)

(Instagram/Clint Scriven)

Cape Town - To say that Airlink flight AVRO RJ85 from Harare just had 'engine failure'  is a gross understatement, according to one passenger on board the plane.

Clint Scriven was one of the 34 passengers on the Airlink flight that had to make an emergency landing at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday night.  He states that the incident was much more serious than indicated by the airline.

SEE: Airlink flight makes emergency landing at OR Tambo

"Engine failure is putting is politely. [It] was a massive explosion with flames, smoke and sparks shooting out of the engine," says Scriven.

According to Scriven the incident happened 45 minutes into the flight, after which they flew for an hour with sparks coming out of the engine.

"When we started our descent for the runway the cabin lights were switched off and hostesses were shouting repeatedly 'brace, brace, emergency landing'. Passengers were praying out aloud, it was an extremely scary experience."

"When we landed they tried to prevent us from taking pictures. The engines were torn apart like tin-cans."

Scriven managed to take a video of the damage after landing, and posted it to his Instagram account. You can see a big hole on the side of one of the engines.

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He gave praise to the pilots and the air hostesses, saying that they remained calm and helped the passengers prepare for the landing. 

"Credit must go to the pilots for their actions. They are heros."

More information from the passenger has been added to the article.

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