Over the weekend, a Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people en-route from Singapore to Shanghai, temporarily lost power on both engines , SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometres) before normal operation was restored.
The carrier said it was investigating the May 23 incident together with Airbus and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce.
"We are not able to provide further information but we can confirm that the same aircraft was used for the return flight," an airline spokesman told AFP.
In a statement, SIA said the Airbus A330-300, carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members, "encountered bad weather at 39,000 feet about three and a half hours after departure" from Singapore.
"Both engines experienced a temporary loss of power and the pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines," it said.
"The flight continued to Shanghai and touched down uneventfully at 10:56 pm (1456 GMT) local time," it said.
It added that the engines "were thoroughly inspected and tested upon arrival in Shanghai with no anomalies detected".
End of press release
Flight Coach comment by Captain John
We do not have the full facts yet, but.................
This looks like it was caused by flying into a severe thunderstorm which is not recommended. If the pilot does do this for whatever reason, in very severe cases, the volume of rain is so great that the engines literally "flame out". But, once the descent starts and the rain is left behind, the engines either self -start or the pilot can start them easily. There is no damage to the engine - it is just temporary water ingestion. That is what happened here by the sound of it. There was no danger and I doubt the passengers were even aware of it. The most famous similar incident was when Captain Eric Moody of British Airways suffered the loss of all four engines on a Jumbo and managed to get them all started again. This was caused by volcanic ash over Djakarta on 24 June 1982. The plane landed safely. So, you can see that even apparently catastrophic events, when handled by trained and competent pilots have a happy outcome.
See earlier in this blog where I discuss the Air Asia plane that flew into a thunderstorm on 28 December 2014, and was lost, apparently due to severe turbulence. Avoidance of thunderstorms is paramount to safety, and is covered in our two downloadable products - audio and text based here on this website.
So in summary, this should not have happened, but when it did, the pilots did good job of recovery and landed safely.