Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The mysterious case of Jat’s engine

The cursed Istanbul service
On Sunday evening, a Jat Airways Boeing B737-300 on route from Belgrade to Istanbul made an emergency landing in Sofia after irregularities with one of the aircraft’s engines were noted by the pilot. The aircraft made an emergency landing at Sofia Airport at 19.01, local time. Passengers were later flown to Istanbul. However, over the next 48 hours wide scale media hype pursued, claiming that a piece of the fuselage flew into the engine which caught on fire and exploded mid air.

Yesterday, in Sofia, the aircraft was checked by Lufthansa technicians who concluded that there was no damage to the engine or fuselage. Reportedly, one of the engines produced unusual noise, followed by vibrations.

Serbia’s ministry for infrastructure said that the media has blown the incident out of proportion and that such incidents happen everywhere around world. Jat Airways said that its technical division will also check the entire aircraft in order to find the cause of the noise and vibrations. The airline states its pilot acted in line with protocol. There were a total of 56 passengers on board.

Starting 2010 all engines on Jat’s Boeing B737-300 fleet will be replaced. Only a few months ago one of Jat’s aircraft skidded off the runway at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. It was later concluded that the runway had a dent causing multiple aircraft to skid off it during heavy rain and storms.


  1. I feel bad for all those glitches that JAT has been experienceing lately, but it's obvious that the current fleet of B733s can't last forever. I don't see any sense in buying new engines for these aircraft. Would be better to invest money in buying few smaller regional aircraft such as Embraer or Canadairs which would be a much better fit for the airline's needs.

  2. I think 8 CRJ-900, 4 737-700 and 4 Q400 is the best combination for JAT.

  3. I doubt that this is going to happenany time soon. I would prefer 4 sukhoi sj 100s 4 crj 1000 NG, 7 Q400s and 4 737,700s. In future they could bring in a 787 or A350.

  4. Jat are NOT buying new engines for these aircraft - they are overhauling the engines that are already there - which they have no choice to do due to international safety regulations.


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