Wow. Smoke coming out of the engine and the diagnosis is engine failure. Impressive.
Plane Finder ? Live Flight Status Tracker is an impressive site though :)
Another revelation! Oil leaking onto hot engine parts creates smoke! Shock!
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.
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.
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.
Where's the engine casing? Presumably that's fallen off somewhere, or is it open and the bottom cover out of view?
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?
Is this why the flights to Boston I was going to book very soon have rocketed up? Ah.
Seems to be a bad day for air travel, just read this on the BBC News website: -
RAF jets scrambled after incident