NV - British Airways 777 on fire in Las Vegas

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  1. KEVINinTO

    KEVINinTO Former Member

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    A picture of the left engine shows that it had a catastrophic engine failure, i.e. a compressor disk and/or blade separated from a rotor sending shrapnel into the wing and possibility rupturing fuel lines in the process.

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  2. bluesneakers

    bluesneakers not today satan

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    I don't get it either, and if you're taking the time to do that aren't you holding up other people who are behind you waiting? I am at my most irritable waiting for people to get off a plane and if it were an emergency and someone banged me in the head with a wheelie bag I think I would lose my .... composure.
     
  3. watcher9

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    Could something like this happen in the air?
    I am thinking of MH370 and the sighting by the man on the oil rig platform.
     
  4. stormshine

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    Birdstrike, maybe?
     
  5. KEVINinTO

    KEVINinTO Former Member

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    Yes this could have easily happened in the air. Fortunately Un-contained catastrophic engine failures of this nature are extremely rare. The most famous incident involving such a failure was United Airlines flight 232 that crashed landed in Sioux City Iowa in 1969. The tail mounted engine disintegrated at cruising altitude taking out all the hydraulic controls. The pilots were left with only differential engine thrust to maneuver the aircraft. Although 111 passenger were killed in the crash landing - miraculously 189 passengers survived thanks to the incredible skill of Capt Al Haynes and his crew.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_232#Events_of_crash

    Here is a picture of the ruptured fan-disk from the United Airlines crash. I suspect that when investigators of the BA crash take apart the damaged engine they will find something similar inside

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  6. KEVINinTO

    KEVINinTO Former Member

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    I don't think so. These engines are designed to contain the aftermath of a bird strike. Also I don't see any tell-tale damage to the inlet fan blades.
     
  7. stormshine

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    There's no way this was a fan blade. There would have been a LOT more damage. And the above poster is correct: all of the fan blades appeared intact. If a fan blade came out or broke there would be hardly anything left.
     
  8. KEVINinTO

    KEVINinTO Former Member

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    Initial NTSB findings confirm my observation of an uncontained catastrophic engine failure

    http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20150910.aspx

    From this cut-away you can see the location of the high-pressure compressor

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