Plane engine catches fire mid-flight

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Thai Lion Air will investigate an incident on Friday when the engine of one of its planes caught fire after taking off from Don Mueang International Airport.

A source on Friday said the aircraft took off from the airport at 11.10am, but crew and passengers noticed audible shuddering once it reached an altitude of 6,000 feet.

A passenger told a cabin crew member that she saw sparks fly from the engine under the right wing, which prompted the pilot to shut it down and head back to the airport where the plane landed safely at 12.05 pm.

Some passengers fainted and vomited during the incident. No injuries were reported. Despite their ordeal, the passengers praised the captain for his safe landing.

The pilot said he was not sure if the cause was a bird or a technical problem.

An investigation will be held, the pilot said.

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  • altitude: height above sea level - ความสูงเหนือระดับน้ำทะเล
  • audible: able to be heard - ซึ่งดังพอที่จะได้ยินได้
  • crew (noun): a group of people who work together to do a job - กลุ่มคนที่ทำงานร่วมกัน
  • faint: to suddenly become unconscious for a short time, and usually fall to the ground - เป็นลม
  • ordeal: an extremely unpleasant experience, especially one that lasts for a long time - ประสบการณ์ที่แสนสาหัส
  • pilot: a person who operates the controls of an aircraft, especially as a job - นักบิน
  • praise: to express strong approval or admiration - ยกย่อง, ชื่นชม
  • shudder (verb): to shake very hard - สั่น, สั่นกระตุก
  • source: a place where information comes from; someone who gives information - แหล่ง
  • spark: a very small piece of burning material - ประกายไฟ
  • vomit: to empty the contents of the stomach through the mouth - อาเจียน
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