A Norwegian Boeing 787-8 took off from Rome Fiumicino enroute to Los Angeles as flight DY7115 on Saturday. As it climbed from runway 16R, one of its Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines suffered a likely uncontained failure. Pieces of the engine — described as “glowing pieces of metal” rained down on the town below “in the hundreds.”
Bits from the left engine of a 787-8 Dreamliner (LN-LND) Norwegian which took of from Rome for LAX fell in the Isola Sacra region of Fiumicino. The 787 (298 pax) returned to FCO, landed safely. No injuries on the ground, but a few cars damaged. https://t.co/6Cq3eULgs1 @JacdecNew pic.twitter.com/IZEz5lhE8A
— Aeronews (@AeronewsRO) August 10, 2019
The pilot stopped climbing at 3000 feet and returned to the same runway 23 minutes after takeoff with all 310 passengers and crew on board safe. However 12 homes and 25 vehicles were reportedly damaged by falling parts. One person was actually hit, but wasn’t injured.
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I do love Norwegian’s fares and their new 787s. Their tickets, including in premium class, can be a value. However when things go wrong operationally they aren’t well set up to recover. Indeed several passengers tweeted their displeasure at felling ‘abandoned’ after the incident. Norwegian contracts out ground handling in Rome and doesn’t interline with other airlines.
@Fly_Norwegian terrible service ! Make an effort to do the right thing and help us. All you need to do is provide the service and help us get in to a flight back home. Rome to LAX flight DY 7115. You are calling it cancelled but it wasn’t. We were in flight. #getushome pic.twitter.com/lPpmFIg8CJ
— MRivas (@Manrivas441) August 10, 2019
No doubt the air frame will be stuck in Rome for a bit. It’s bad luck for Norwegian who needs to build up cash as effectively as possible for the lean winter months that aren’t that far off.