Spain investigates dual engine power-loss on Air Nostrum CRJ

By David Kaminski-Morrow

Spanish investigators have opened an inquiry after an Air Nostrum Bombardier CRJ200 alternately lost power in each engine while in flight, during a domestic service to Santander.

The aircraft had departed Madrid, with 44 occupants, at 17:13 on 24 February.

Spain's ministry of transport says that "some miles" before landing at Santander, the right-hand General Electric CF34 engine stopped, followed by the left-hand one.

"The incident occurred for about no more than two minutes in total, always at least with one engine working," says a spokesman for the ministry.

"The crew activated the emergency [procedures] and suddenly both engines worked at the same time."

Nostrum CRJ200

© APG Photography

Spanish air accident investigation agency CIAIAC says the incident occurred 55nm (102km) from Santander.

It has identified the aircraft as a CRJ200ER registered EC-IKZ, serial number 7732, which Flight's ACAS database lists as a six-year old leased airframe.

"The landing operation was totally successful," says the ministry spokesman.

He adds that CIAIAC has requested information from Bombardier and General Electric to support its inquiry.


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