Malindo Air ATR 72 in engine fire incident

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An ATR 72-600 operated by Malindo Air was forced to return to Subang after a fire broke out in one of the engines on 26 March.

The Malaysian carrier says in a statement that the aircraft, registered 9M-LMH, departed from Subang at 07:35 local time on a flight to Terengganu, and was climbing through an altitude of 7,000ft when one of the engines caught fire about six minutes after takeoff.

“The aircraft fire detection system was activated and immediately the operating crew carried out the emergency checklist as per the standard operating procedure to contain the situation,” the airline adds.

The aircraft subsequently landed safely back at Subang with no injuries to the 49 crew and passengers onboard the aircraft. The passengers were accommodated on a later flight.

Malindo is investigating the incident, and has reported it to Malaysian authorities, ATR and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that the aircraft was delivered new to Malindo in June 2013 and is owned by Lion Air. The aircraft is powered by two PW127M turboprop engines.