A S7 Airlines Boeing 737 experienced engine issues sending out flames during take-off and climb-out at Novosibirsk Airport in Russia.
The Boeing 737-800 with registration RA-73665 was operating flight S7-2502 from Novosibirsk to Moscow Domodedovo with 176 passengers and crew members on board.
However, the flight declared an emergency approximately 10 minutes after takeoff. Shortly after takeoff, the right-hand engine emitted a series of bangs and streaks of flames. Soon after, the left-hand engine mirrored the distressing scenario with similar manifestations.
Despite the alarming situation, the crew managed to stabilize both engines at around 600 feet above ground level (AGL). After regaining control, the aircraft ascended to 2000 feet and opted to return to Novosibirsk for an emergency landing on runway 07.
A passenger plane made an emergency landing in Russia due to an engine fire
A Boeing 737 of S7 airlines, heading from Novosibirsk to Moscow, made an emergency landing at Tolmachevo airport. pic.twitter.com/SepcH06hnx
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Passengers recounted witnessing the right-hand engine emitting sparks from the outset of the takeoff run, leading to subsequent flames and bangs. Shortly thereafter, the left-hand engine joined in the unsettling display. The captain, addressing the passengers, conveyed the severity of the situation, stating that both engines had failed.
S7 Airlines later reported that the engines had experienced fluctuations in speed, but the crew successfully restored normal operation.
As a precautionary measure, the crew decided to return for a comprehensive inspection of the aircraft. The landing, executed under normal procedures, concluded without incident, alleviating concerns of an engine fire.