Kuba74 From Poland, joined Mar 2000, 432 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2748 times:
News from Man City official website:
The City Chairman and board of directors had a lucky escape when an engine on their plane caught fire on their return from City's Premiership clash at Portsmouth.
The right hand engine on the jetstream plane caught fire just ten minutes after taking off from a local airport on the south coast.
The passengers who included the board of directors, vice presidents of the club and the Manchester Evening News correspondent, Chris Bailey, were first alerted to the problem when they heard a loud bang.
The engine cut out and fumes p0ured into the cabin. The captain of the plane, John Morris put out the fire and turning the plane into the wind carried out an emergency landing at Farnborough airport.
The emergency services had been alerted and were waiting for the plane that was landed safely on one engine.
"It was the most frightening experience of my life," said Chris Bailey of the Manchester Evening News echoing the thoughts of all the passengers.
"There was a loud bang and we could see sparks coming from the engine. It was a very scary moment."
"But the captain was terrific, he handled the whole emergency with great calm and we are all very grateful that we got back down in one piece."
The Chairman John Wardle and the rest of the passengers continued their return journey from Hampshire by coach.