A reader has shared a story found in the Daily Mail – a popular (unfortunately) UK newspaper. Any long term readers will already know my opinion of certain sections of the media when it comes to misreported and exaggerated stories contributing to the fear of flying of readers.
Firstly, read the ridiculous attempt at journalism by clicking here and then read my rewrite of the story below;
A Lufthansa Airbus 321 suffered an engine malfunction on Saturday shortly after takeoff from Helsinki. The engine was shut down by pilots who were following their well practised drill for this situation. Any fire would have been extinguished automatically.
The plane flew perfectly safely with one engine as all commercial aircraft can, but as a precaution the flight returned to Helsinki as per normal procedure.
The landing was completely normal.
You see, my rewrite is boring and wouldn’t sell newspapers…. But, they are the facts. It appears that facts are so boring that the Daily Mail would rather make up utter rubbish to beef it up a little. The unfortunate thing is that some people who are not in the aviation industry will read this article and believe EVERY word.
Jet engines are incredibly well designed and rarely fail, but in the unlikely event they do, pilots have a checklist they follow. Any fire is extinguished automatically by the aircraft, and pilots will shut down the affected engine before landing the aircraft normally.
The article is not even newsworthy, and the only reason the story has been printed is a photographer was lucky enough to snap a photo of some flames coming from the engine (which would have lasted no more than a few seconds). The Daily Mail have got hold of the photo and then written a wholly inaccurate story to go with it.
Ignore the story, and avoid the Daily Mail at all costs as they are making a habit of printing complete trash. See this post by the Inflight Host for another example.