June 15th, 2010
07:28 PM ET

Flaming engine forces Alitalia flight to return to Boston


An Alitalia flight en route from Boston, Massachusetts, to Rome, Italy, made an emergency landing at Logan International Airport shortly after takeoff due to a report that flames were coming from one engine, according to a Massport spokesperson.

The pilot of Flight 615, which took off shortly before 6 p.m., shut down the left engine and returned the plane to the Boston airport where it landed safely, spokesman Phil Orlandella told CNN.

He says flames and smoke were spewing from the engine, and crews were able to put out the fire once it had landed.

All 258 people on board the Airbus 330 were taken off the plane and taken to the terminal by bus, Orlandella said.

He had no comment on whether the fire was caused by a bird or a flock of birds, as speculated by some witnesses on the ground.

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  1. Think Ahead

    This is NOT just a "Gulf States" problem. Hurricane season is upon us. ALL be affected when this spill is lifted and dispersed. Those that might be thinking this is just affecting the people in the Gulf states...think again.!!! This is a biiiig deal!

    June 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tammy

    I wish you all would help the President with solutions and stop blaming and criizing every word out of his mouth. The President was in the Gulf talking to fisherman the same week and he predicted that this was going to be worst than what they thought it was. If BP had been made to have a back-up drill like they do in Norway and Brazil; we would not have this problem. Our own shortcuts are coming back to hunt us now. Stop blaming the President; he is doing what he is suppose to do; getting the experts to try to fix the problem; he recognized that he is not the expert in field. That's what the leader does, he does not suit up and try to cap the drill himself.

    June 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Texan

    And your comments have what to do with the Airbus problem????

    June 16, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |