- Title: SERBIA: German plane makes emergency landing in Belgrade
- Date: 19th October 2008
- Summary: (W3) BELGRADE , SERBIA (OCTOBER 18, 2008) (REUTERS) XL PLANE ON TARMAC OF BELGRADE AIRPORT PILOTS CABIN LEFT ENGINE WHICH CAUGHT ON FIRE LEFT WING WITH BLACK SPOT FROM THE FIRE VARIOUS OF PLANE ON THE TARMAC AIRPORT BUILDING "NIKOLA TESLA" IN BELGRADE
- Embargoed: 3rd November 2008 10:19
- Location: Serbia
- Country: Serbia
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Transport
- Reuters ID: LVA8BA2ML4G38JOWDITIH7IKPES9
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Story Text: Passengers await travel news at Belgrade airport after their plane on route to Turkey is forced to make an emergency landing.
A plane carrying 169 people on a flight from Germany to Turkey made an emergency landing at Belgrade on Saturday (October 18) after an engine failure, an aviation official said.
A spokesman for Belgrade airport said a Boeing 737-800 of the German company XL Airways with 163 passengers and six crew on board made an emergency landing at 7:47 a.m. (0547 GMT).
He said that the passengers were safely evacuated and nobody was injured.
Smoke was seen coming from one of the plane's two engines and firefighters doused the aircraft with foam when it landed, he added.
"This noise sounds very strange, then the captains says: 'well we have to land' and we all thought it must be really strange and then we went down through the clouds and, but the pilot and the crew were really, really good, and they kept calm, and then suddenly we saw that there was fire outside, and then everything happened very fast, and we went out of the airplane," described one passenger Petra Brucker.
The pilot reported engine failure before entering Serbian airspace and asked for permission to land in Belgrade, the spokesman said.
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