Video: Airbus A330 Engine Explodes on Takeoff Roll

Crew reacts quickly to runway emergency.

It’s the scenario all airline pilots prepare for but hope they never experience: an engine failure on takeoff.

In this case, the right engine of a Thomas Cook Airbus A330 exploded on Monday afternoon during the takeoff run from Manchester Airport in England. The crew’s quick reaction keeps the airliner more or less in the center of the runway as the pilot immediately applies opposite rudder and the thrust reversers are deployed.

The pilots of the A330 would have practiced this precise scenario in the simulator countless times. Had the engine failed after rotation, the A330 would have been able to continue the takeoff and circle back for a landing.

Check out these videos of the incident from two different vantage points:


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