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    Heathrow Closed: Plane On Fire Over Central London

    Last edited by DaveP; 24th May 2013 at 10:44 AM. Reason: Add BBC news link to the story.

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    Looks like an engine failure. Happens multiple times a day around the world. Not really as of a big deal as the news make out, it isn't on fire as such. This site reports about many of them - The Aviation Herald

    This one at Manchester is more serious - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KhZwsYtNDE
    Last edited by FN-GM; 24th May 2013 at 10:46 AM.

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    Wow. Smoke coming out of the engine and the diagnosis is engine failure. Impressive.

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    Plane Finder ? Live Flight Status Tracker is an impressive site though

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkCloud View Post
    Wow. Smoke coming out of the engine and the diagnosis is engine failure. Impressive.
    Well not always. Smoke can come out of them with an oil leak. The oil leaks onto hot parts and burns creating smoke.

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    Another revelation! Oil leaking onto hot engine parts creates smoke! Shock!

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    Sky news are now showing a video on this page:

    Link: Sky News - First For Breaking News From The UK And Around The World



    The commentary on the video makes reference to the possibility of a bird strike.

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    If any of you have read the Micheal Creighton book Airframe it gives a very nice overview of the safety measures employed and designed into modern passenger aircraft, and if you are even slightly scared of flying I recommend you read this. In particular was a bit where an aircraft designer was watching news footage of a 'fire' on an aircraft he had designed and he was ranting about how it was only an oil leak and perfectly safe as the media blew it out of all proportions.
    Anyway, look it up if you can.

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    No big issue as already said, Just the news like to over hype things

    Heck the plane could have lost both engines and it would have still probably been fine gliding back to heathrow from the height it was at.

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    Where's the engine casing? Presumably that's fallen off somewhere, or is it open and the bottom cover out of view?
    Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 24th May 2013 at 12:29 PM.

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    I am confused...the BBC video shows the starboard engine billowing smoke but the Sky one seems to be showing the port engine...or is one of the videos back to front?

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    Is this why the flights to Boston I was going to book very soon have rocketed up? Ah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Where's the engine casing? Presumably that's fallen off somewhere, or is it open and the bottom cover out of view?
    I think the pilots can open it from the cockpit to allow greater air circulation around the hidden engine components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CESIL View Post
    I am confused...the BBC video shows the starboard engine billowing smoke but the Sky one seems to be showing the port engine...or is one of the videos back to front?
    The video on sky news of the engine close up says "This is the less effected engine" so presumably both had trouble and it was the starboard smoking but the port in the sky news video. (presuming my port and starboard are correct).

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    Seems to be a bad day for air travel, just read this on the BBC News website: -

    RAF jets scrambled after incident

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