14 Jan 2013

ATR in Tahiti emergency landing after engine fire

11:26 am on 14 January 2013

An Air Tahiti ATR plane has made an emergency landing in Papeete after an engine caught fire.

The plane, with 53 passengers on board, had taken off for the French Polynesian island of Raiatea when one engine began spewing smoke and caught fire.

The pilot returned the aircraft safely, flying with one engine.

Firefighters were on the scene and extinguished the fire.

An investigation has been opened.

In 2007, 20 people died in French Polynesia when a plane crashed after take-off from Moorea for a flight to Tahiti.