Airbus A320 engine failure causes huge bang and leaves trail of flames: video

Airbus A320 Mexican low-cost carrier Viva
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Engine failure aboard an Airbus A320-232 forced the pilot to make an emergency landing in Mexico. 

Video captured by a passenger aboard the Mexican low-cost carrier, Viva Aerobus, showed flames trailing from the wing following a large bang.  

The domestic flight left Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) for Guadalajara Airport (GDL) on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, shortly after 4pm local time.  

According to Mexico News Daily, only a few minutes after flight VB3235 took-off the crew became aware of a “a failure in one of the engines”.  

The pilot initiated an emergency landing and returned to Puerto Vallarta Airport 20 minutes after leaving, where the aircraft was taken for further investigation.  

“The passengers were disembarked in a timely manner, and the aircraft is on the apron for its review and corresponding maintenance,” Viva Aerobus said in statement.  

The airline added: “The aircraft was under control at all times and the welfare of all those on board was preserved”. 

On April 17, 2023, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 and Aeromexico Boeing 737 collided at Mexico City International Airport (MEX), causing damage to both aircraft. 

The Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200 was preparing for departure to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and the Aeromexico Boeing 737-800 NextGeneration (NG), was about to depart for Ciudad Juarez International Airport (CJS) carrying out flight AM117.    

According to a statement released by the airport, the collision occurred between taxiways B and D, with the wingtip of the Aeromexico Boeing 737 impacting the horizontal stabilizer of the Delta Air Lines Boeing 757.  

While no injuries were reported, the airport says that “the corresponding authorities began an investigation to determine the causes”.   

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