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24th May 2013, 11:41 AM #1
Heathrow Closed: Plane On Fire Over Central London
Last edited by DaveP; 24th May 2013 at 11:44 AM.
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24th May 2013, 11:44 AM #2
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 11:46 AM.
24th May 2013, 12:16 PM #3
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Wow. Smoke coming out of the engine and the diagnosis is engine failure. Impressive.
Thanks to DarkCloud from:
Chris_in_notts (24th May 2013)
24th May 2013, 12:17 PM #4
24th May 2013, 12:20 PM #5
Well not always. Smoke can come out of them with an oil leak. The oil leaks onto hot parts and burns creating smoke.
Originally Posted by DarkCloud
24th May 2013, 12:36 PM #6
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Another revelation! Oil leaking onto hot engine parts creates smoke! Shock!
24th May 2013, 12:54 PM #7
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.
24th May 2013, 12:55 PM #8
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.
24th May 2013, 01:09 PM #9
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.
24th May 2013, 01:26 PM #10
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 01:29 PM.
24th May 2013, 01:48 PM #11
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?
24th May 2013, 02:12 PM #12
Is this why the flights to Boston I was going to book very soon have rocketed up? Ah.
24th May 2013, 02:58 PM #13
I think the pilots can open it from the cockpit to allow greater air circulation around the hidden engine components.
Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx
24th May 2013, 03:06 PM #14
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).
Originally Posted by CESIL
24th May 2013, 03:32 PM #15
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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