A Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-200, registration OO-SFU performing flight SN-358 (dep Dec 10th) from Kinshasa (DR Congo) to Brussels (Belgium), was enroute at FL380 over Algeria when the left hand engine (PW4168) failed prompting the crew to drift the aircraft down to below FL270. The crew was subsequently able to re-start the engine in flight about 140nm eastsoutheast of Oued Irara (Algeria), climbed back to FL380 and continued the flight to Brussels for a safe landing about 3:15 hours after the engine was restarted..............................
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