Abu Dhabi – A Jakarta-bound Etihad plane was forced to return to Abu Dhabi minutes after take-off due to a reported engine problem mid-air.
"Around one min after take-off I heard an explosion from the right engine, and the aircraft was unstable for few seconds. The pilot manage to land the aircraft safely back to Abu Dhabi airport, and now we are waiting for an explanation," a passenger tweeted the Etihad Help.
EY 474 that took off from Abu Dhabi at around 2.55am on Wednesday.
The airline's help desk tweeted back saying the plane returned to the airport due to a 'technical issue.'
"The aircraft landed safely and passengers disembarked and are now in the terminal building," read the Etihad tweet.
In an official statement, an Etihad representative said all passengers disembarked safely, and a replacement flight was provided.
"Etihad Airways flight EY474, from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta, returned to Abu Dhabi Airport shortly after take-off due to a technical issue with one of its engines. The aircraft landed safely and passengers disembarked. A replacement aircraft was provided and the flight departed at 7.30am."
"Etihad Airways apologises for the delay and inconvenience to passengers. Safety is the airline's number one priority," added the spokesperson.