On 20 December 2012 and Air Berlin Airbus A330-200 suffered a catastrophic engine failure shortly after departing Phuket Airport, Thailand, requiring it to perform an emergency return to Phuket. This engine failure is reported to have damaged hydraulic systems which reduced the capability of the fly by wire systems and meant that there was no anti-skid available for the landing. The aircraft landed very heavily and the wheel brakes caught fire.

As a result of this terrifying incident, a number of passengers suffered physical and psychological injuries.

Irwin Mitchell is investigating this accident and is advising injured passengers.

If you would like to speak in confidence to an expert regarding this accident, or any other aviation incident you were involved in, please contact a member of the aviation team on 0800 056 4110. The team will be able to advise you on the accident, the relevant law and the parties who may be liable.

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