Taipei, Feb. 24 (CNA) A Shanghai Airlines airplane was forced to return to Songshan airport in Taipei due to an alleged engine glitch on Friday, shortly after it took off for a flight destined for Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai.
Flight FM852 took off from Taipei at 12:52 p.m., nearly one hour later than scheduled because of a delayed arrival in Taipei from Shanghai earlier in the day, according to China Eastern Airlines, which is the mother company of Shanghai Airlines and supervises the latter's business operations in Taiwan.
However, the pilot decided to return to Taipei after discovering that an engine might not have been functioning normally, the company said. The flight landed in Taipei again at 1:45 p.m.
China Eastern Airlines said that the plane, an Airbus A330, had nearly 300 passengers on board.
The company decided to dispatch another craft from China to Taipei to transport the passengers back to Shanghai.
The Apple Daily newspaper cited a bulletin board post by a Chinese passenger on the flight as reporting that he felt the airplane give a sudden jolt while it was at 3,000 meters, and saw a flash of white light.
Shortly after that, the captain announced the flight had to return to Taipei due to engine failure, the passenger was cited as saying.
"First time in a special condition. It's frightening," he added.
(By Wang Shu-fen and Elizabeth Hsu)