British Airways Airbus A319 Undergoing Checks After Engine SurgeChris Jasper and Kari Lundgren
British Airways said an Airbus Group NV jet is undergoing engineering checks after suffering an engine surge that caused the pilot to abort a flight to France and return to the carrier’s London Heathrow base.
The A319 narrow-body plane had departed with the 8:35 p.m. flight to Lyon when the surge occured, British Airways said. Passengers were accommodated in hotels overnight and continued their journeys this morning, with a larger aircraft drafted in on the route in order to carry them, the company said.
British Airways has 33 A319s in its fleet with a typical capacity of 132 people, according to the carrier’s website. The twinjets are powered by V2500 turbines, it says, each delivering 27,000 pounds of thrust and supplied by International Aero Engines, in which Pratt & Whitney is now the largest partner.
“We train our pilots to the very highest standards, including how to respond to these type of events,” British Airways said in an e-mailed statement. “The aircraft is being thoroughly checked over by engineers.”