Iberia Express A320 at Frankfurt on Jun 21st 2013, engine shut down in flight, engine fire indication, 4 minutes airborne
Last Update: June 22, 2013 / 01:35:42 GMT/Zulu time
Germany's DFS (air traffic control) reported the crew reported an engine failure, entered a right hand turn to return to the southern runway of Frankfurt, then reported an engine fire indication. The aircraft departed at 12:42L (10:42Z) and landed at 12:46L (10:46Z).
Frankfurt Airport reported flames were visible from ground, emergency services responded to the emergency and reached the aircraft immediately after it came to a stop, however, the fire had already been extinguished supposedly by the aircraft's onboard fire suppression systems. The aircraft was able to taxi to the apron, where passengers disembarked normally.
Observers on the ground reported the engine emitted repeated loud bangs accompanied by streaks of flame.
Ground observer Peter Tretter reported, that the takeoff run along runway 18 appeared normal, no unusual noises were heard from the aircraft. No birds were seen in the vicinity of the runway except for a falcon which hovered abeam of the runway above the grass area. Peter lost the aircraft out of sight immediately after rotation until it surprisingly appeared again on approach to runway 07R in opposite direction to active runways 25. Engine #1 was already shut down at that point, Peter did not observe flames from the engine.
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