Just another day at the Office!

  pcmags 09:49 05 Jan 2009
  Cymro. 10:59 05 Jan 2009

I would imagine it would b quite scary if you had a window seat on the same side as the engine that had the fire.

I always wonder how terrible it must have been for the passengers on the Concord that crashed in Paris that time. They could see the flames and must have known their fate.

  spuds 12:27 05 Jan 2009

In a sequence like that, it shows true professionalism and calmness of all concerned.

Many years ago, there was the Kegworth air disaster, and many things were learned from that tragedy, and are used today in aircraft incidents.

On a personal note and one perhaps Cymro suggests. I have previously travelled extensively and in many years of past air travel I can recall five 'major' incidents which will remain in my thoughts forever. (1) Two planes 'clipping' wings while taxiing at Heathrow. This brought everything to a standstill while events were being investigated. This brought to mind, what might or could have have been! (2) Losing part of an engine surround on landing at the old Hong Kong airport.Nothing like looking out of the window, and seeing part of the engine fly past. (3) An aircraft tyre exploding whilst in flight over Colombia. Plane rocked violently.(4) Seeing a regular used local airline plane, crashing on landing, then bursting into flames on a small airfield in Colombia, killing all crew and passengers. We tried to help the best we could, but the sight and sound of that day will always remain with me. Not a very pleasant feeling, and emotions soon swell up.(5) Being 'escorted' over Cuban airspace by 4 MIG fighters, in close proximity to our own aircraft. You begin to wonder about 'any' incidents that might occur or happen!.

So it might be "Just another day at the Office", but a frightening and very memorable and long-lasting experience for some.

  Woolwell 15:22 05 Jan 2009

It is likely that the aircraft had multiple engine surges due to bird ingestion. This is not the same as an engine fire. They would have lost power and would have had an asymmetric problem to cope with and unless they dumped a lot of fuel would have had to make a heavy landing. Good to see how an aircraft responds on one engine and how the training pays off.

  laurie53 20:40 05 Jan 2009

Nicest bit of flying I've seen in a long time.

That engine looked for all the world like the the ramjets fitted to the V1s during the war!

  donki 22:13 05 Jan 2009

I wonder if when looking out the window would u say to yourself "ohhh its ok, it just having multiple engine surges" orrrrrr "@%&* the engine is on fire!!!" I know what one I would be. Must have have been an awful experience. Good work Mr Pilot.

  Woolwell 22:39 05 Jan 2009

Actually because I used to be aircrew (not civilian)I may well have said "multiple engine surges".

  Forum Editor 00:05 06 Jan 2009

and over the years I've had several exciting moments - I'll not bore you with them now. Suffice it to say, I decided long ago that as a passenger there's absolutely nothing you can do to alter the outcome of any air incident, and so I put my trust in two things:

1. The people who designed and built the aircraft.

2. The people up front who are flying it.

I do that each time I walk aboard, and I put all thoughts of trouble out of my mind. The person at the controls in this incident knew exactly what to do, and did it. No doubt a couple of stiff drinks were consumed at the end of the operating duty.

  WhiteTruckMan 16:30 07 Jan 2009

Namely people like me who (used to) kick the tyres, wipe the wings, empty the ashtrays and hide all the bits that had fallen off so as not to worry the passengers and crew. And if you are really lucky then put in enough fuel to get you where you want to go :)


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