A Fokker 50 airplane carrying 38 passengers from the domestic airline Air Iceland suffered engine failure during a flight to Reykjavík from Egilsstadir on Tuesday evening. The airplane was turned around and landed safely in Egilsstadir.
One of the airplane’s engines lost oil pressure during the flight and had to be turned off according to regulations. Additionally, the equalizing pressure in the cabin was lost, according to an Air Iceland press release.
The pilot decided to turn the plane around and fly back to Egilsstadir immediately after the incident, as it was closer than Reykjavík.
The landing was successful and once outside the aircraft, the pilot reviewed the incident with the passengers, who had remained calm throughout. The passengers were then offered crisis council.
According to Air Iceland, there was never any danger of a crash, because Fokker 50 airplanes are designed to fly with only one functional engine, but due to regulations, firefighters, police officers and an emergency crew were waiting at the airport when the airplane landed.