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Authorities release Longtail 747 involved in Dutch incident

Damage done to a car after a Boeing 747 operated by Bermuda-based Longtail Aviation suffered damage to an engine shortly after take-off (Photograph supplied)

Dutch authorities have released an aircraft operated by a Bermudian aviation group that was involved in an incident that left two people injured.

Longtail Aviation will fly a replacement engine to Belgium after its Boeing 747 lost parts of its engine while flying over the Netherlands at the weekend.

The aircraft is expected to return to service later this week.

Cargo was also unaffected by the incident and has been cleared for release by the Dutch Safety Board.

The incident took place after one of the 747’s four engines caught fire just after take-off from Maastricht Aachen Airport on Saturday.

Pieces of the turbine blades broke off and landed over the town of Meerssen.

An elderly woman was treated in hospital for a head injury and a child was burnt after picking up a piece of the debris.

Cars and homes were also damaged.

The aircraft flew on three engines and later landed at the Liège airport in Belgium.

Dutch broadcaster NOL said the full extent of the damage was still being assessed.

Martin Amick, a manager for Longtail Aviation, said that the company was working with Bermudian and Dutch authorities, as well as with parties from Belgium and the United Kingdom, to find the cause of the incident.

He added: “Our flight crew dealt with this situation professionally and in accordance with the correct aviation standards, resulting in a safe and uneventful landing.

“It is too early to speculate as to what may have been the cause of the engine problem, but we will of course continue to give every assistance to the investigators as they continue their work.”

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Published February 23, 2021 at 6:05 pm (Updated February 23, 2021 at 6:06 pm)

Authorities release Longtail 747 involved in Dutch incident

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