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    And you were worried about lead paint?

    For anybody who is not familiar with a jet engine, a jet fan blade should be perfectly smooth.

    A pilot for a Chinese carrier requested permission and landed at FRA ( Frankfurt , Germany ) for an unscheduled refueling stop. The reason became soon apparent to the ground crew: The Number 3 engine had been shut down previously because of excessive vibration, and because it didn't look too good. It had apparently been no problem for the tough guys back in China : as they took some sturdy straps and wrapped them around two of the fan blades and the structures behind, thus stopping any unwanted wind-milling (engine spinning by itself due to airflow passing thru the blades during flight) and associated uncomfortable vibration caused by the suboptimal fan.

    Note that the straps are seat-belts....how resourceful! ?After making the "repairs", off they went into the wild blue yonder with another revenue-making flight on only three engines! With the increased fuel consumption, they got a bit low on fuel, and just set it down at the closest airport (FRA) for a quick refill.

    That's when the problems started: The Germans, who are kind of picky about this stuff, inspected the malfunctioning engine and immediately grounded the aircraft. (Besides the seat-belts, notice the appalling condition of the fan blades.) The airline operator had to send a chunk of money to get the first engine replaced (took about 10 days). The repair contractor decided to do some impromptu inspection work on the other engines, none of which looked all that great either. The result: a total of 3 engines were eventually changed on this plane before it was permitted to fly again.

    And you were worried about lead paint?
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    It's just plane wrong to fly like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    It's just plane wrong to fly like that!


    Yellow card for terrible pun.

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    Not a fan of my puns then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Not a fan of my puns then?
    Dirty boy.

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    You just lead me on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    You just lead me on!


    Right that's it - YOUR OFF !!

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    Surely it should have been 'just plane wong'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Surely it should have been 'just plane wong'?
    Don't you start.....


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    Passenger: "this chicken tastes wubbery...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    For anybody who is not familiar with a jet engine, a jet fan blade should be perfectly smooth.

    A pilot for a Chinese carrier requested permission and landed at FRA ( Frankfurt , Germany ) for an unscheduled refueling stop. The reason became soon apparent to the ground crew: The Number 3 engine had been shut down previously because of excessive vibration, and because it didn't look too good. It had apparently been no problem for the tough guys back in China : as they took some sturdy straps and wrapped them around two of the fan blades and the structures behind, thus stopping any unwanted wind-milling (engine spinning by itself due to airflow passing thru the blades during flight) and associated uncomfortable vibration caused by the suboptimal fan.

    Note that the straps are seat-belts....how resourceful! ?After making the "repairs", off they went into the wild blue yonder with another revenue-making flight on only three engines! With the increased fuel consumption, they got a bit low on fuel, and just set it down at the closest airport (FRA) for a quick refill.
    Doing such a thing might be acceptable to ferry the aircraft to a maintanance facility to have the inoperative engine replaced. (So long as the plane has 3 or more engines and only one is inoperative.) But a revenue flight is right out.
    That's when the problems started: The Germans, who are kind of picky about this stuff, inspected the malfunctioning engine and immediately grounded the aircraft. (Besides the seat-belts, notice the appalling condition of the fan blades.)
    It could have looked a lot better and they would have still been entitled to ground it
    The airline operator had to send a chunk of money to get the first engine replaced (took about 10 days). The repair contractor decided to do some impromptu inspection work on the other engines, none of which looked all that great either. The result: a total of 3 engines were eventually changed on this plane before it was permitted to fly again.
    If it needed 3 engines replacing before it was airworthy then no Line Aircraft Mechanic in his/her right mind would have released the plane otherwise.

    I fail to see the funny side of an aircrew so reckless or badly trained that they would even attempt to operate an aircraft in such a state.

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    Another example of a high flying executive being plane greedy. Oh well, he'll have to appeal to his fans for more money and tighten his belt.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mpe View Post
    I fail to see the funny side of an aircrew so reckless or badly trained that they would even attempt to operate an aircraft in such a state.
    Is Wacky Races more your bag?

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