Engines of airBaltic plane shut down during landing at Copenhagen Airport

  • 2021-07-20
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - A Riga-Copenhagen flight of Latvia's airBaltic carrier was landing at the destination airport on July 11 when both engines of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft shut down, the company informed LETA.

airBaltic representatives explained that Airbus A220-300 airliners are equipped with a system preventing engines from working too hard during takeoff or landing. The system turns on automatically only when the aircraft is on the ground. Once the airBaltic plane touched down, the system shut the engines down.

The airline's representatives stressed that safety is the company's top priority and that the company is working with the producers of Airbus and Pratt & Whitney engines to investigate the case.

airBaltic had never experienced a similar engine shutdown before.

The airBaltic management thanked the crew for dealing with the situation and landing the aircraft successfully in accordance with safety guidelines. The Airbus A220-300 is being used for regular flights again.

As reported, the group of Latvia's airBaltic national carrier closed 2020 with EUR 142.6 million in turnover, down 72 percent from the year before, while its loss expanded 29 times on year to EUR 264.6 million, according to information released by the company.

The Latvian state currently owns 96.14 percent in airBaltic, and a 3.86 percent stake in the airline belongs to Aircraft Leasing 1, a company owned by Danish businessman Lars Thuesen.