Brand New JetBlue Airbus A321neo Suffers Engine Compressor Stall and Diverts to Shannon

by Anthony Losanno
JetBlue A321

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The Airbus A321neo had only been delivered to JetBlue three weeks ago, but pilots were forced to divert to Shannon Airport (SNN) after the right engine compressor reportedly stalled and the crew was forced to declare an emergency. The aircraft safely landed on Saturday and was being inspected.

JetBlue 2220 Diversion

The Aviation Herald reported that JetBlue flight B6 2220 took off from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and was bound for New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) when the issue arose. This was only the fourth-ever commercial flight for this aircraft. It had reached 34,000 feet and was around 400 nautical miles west of Shannon when the decision to shut down the engine was made and the aircraft had to divert. Thankfully, the plane landed safely without injuries and the passengers were accommodated on Sunday.

The engine in question was made by Pratt & Whitney. Boeing is not the only manufacturer making news lately and not in a good way. Pratt & Whitney’s aircraft engines have been having issues and delaying the delivery of new Airbus aircraft. The company recently reached an agreement to pay Spirit Airlines $200 million for planes that it cannot fly due to a parts delay.

Anthony’s Take: Air travel remains one of the safest ways to get around. Even with all of the Boeing issues and some recent problems with Pratt & Whitney, I do not hesitate to fly. In all of the recent incidents, the pilots were able to safely land. Hopefully, the recent issues get resolved and we have less of these headlines.

(Featured Image Credit: JetBlue.)

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