Air Vanuatu flight NF241 should have been a normal flight over the beautiful scenery of Vanuatu (1,090 mi or 1750km east of northern Australia). But, on the 28th of July, the right engine of the ATR 72 (YJ-AV7I) caught fire after around 20 minutes of the 40-minute flight to the capital Port Villa. Smoke got into the cabin, and one passenger reported that it was very hard to breathe. The pilots reacted and turned off the engine.
At 11 o’clock the aircraft landed safely at Bauerfield Airport in Port Villa. Shortly before the aircraft tried to leave the runway, it made an unexpected hard left turn and crashed in two parked aircraft. None of the passengers and the crew got injured, but they crash caused huge damage to the parked planes. The ATR 72 destroyed two Britten Norman BN- 2 Islanders. One aircraft belonged to Unity Airlines and one belonged to Air Taxi. The damage to the ATR 72 will be checked soon.
All images from the Vanuatu Daily Post