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An aircraft took off for a short scheduled flight. As it climbed to cruising altitude, a blade came away from the left hand engine and caused a fire. There was smoke in the cabin and several passengers on the left side of the aircraft noticed flames and sparks from the left hand engine. The captain and pilot decided (wrongly) that it was the right hand engine – for various good reasons.They shut down the right hand (good) engine and continued to fly to the divert airfield using the left hand engine which was well and truly on fire by now. The captain announced to the passengers and the cabin crew that there was a fire in the right hand engine and they were diverting – nothing to worry about, he said, the aircraft was quite capable of flying on one engine.
There were 6 cabin crew in the team and they all knew the captain had shut down the wrong engine. But not a single one of them dared go and tell him.
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