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Singapore Airlines 777 Engine Fire?

Early in the morning of Monday June 27, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER (registration 9V-SWB, 9 years old) operating flight SQ368 from Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) to Milan-Malpensa International Airport (MXP) suffered an engine fire after an emergency landing back at Singapore that was warranted by an engine oil warning that the crew received shortly after takeoff.

Extent of damage to the right wing – Photo from Channel New Asia

The aircraft departed from Changi Airport at 2:05am local time and was climbing out when the cockpit crew received an engine oil warning message. As a result, they decided to divert back to Singapore as the airplane was deemed unfit to fly to Milan. The aircraft made an emergency landing at Singapore at around 6:50am, during which sparks were observed and the starboard (number 2) engine caught fire. The aircraft came to a stop on the runway and the fire continued to burn through the engine and the wing as passengers remained in the aircraft. The airport’s fire crew arrived at the aircraft 2-3 minutes later and put out the fire within a couple of minutes. Passengers then deplaned from the undamaged port side of the aircraft via mobile stairs. None of the 222 passengers and 19 crew were hurt in the ordeal. Singapore Airlines has offered alternative flights to Milan and accommodation in Singapore for all affected passengers.

Passengers disembarking via mobile stairs – Photo from Channel News Asia

 

Though an engine fire on a sophisticated aircraft like the Boeing 777 is already a significant event, what makes this incident even more worthy of attention is the fact that it comes less than a year after the British Airways 777 engine fire at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport in September 2015 that resulted in 14 injuries. The aircraft involved in that incident was a Boeing 777-200ER (registration G-VIIO, 17 years old) with 157 passengers and 13 crew operating flight BA2276 from Las Vegas McCarran (LAS) to London Gatwick (LGW). What happened was that the aircraft suffered an engine fire during the takeoff roll at McCarran International, causing the crew to abort the takeoff and call for an emergency evacuation.

Both of these aircraft were Boeing 777’s, and both also happened to be equipped  with General Electric GE90 engines, though the Singapore Airlines plane was a 777-300ER with GE90-115B’s and the British Airways plane was a 777-200ER with GE90-85B’s. The similarity of engine and aircraft types have caused people to speculate whether or not there’s an issue with the GE90 engines that’s causing the repeated incidents.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/sia-flight-catches-fire/2907544.html

Airliners.net discussion: http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1336405

British Airways fire: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways_Flight_2276

 

 

17 hurt on Hong Kong Airlines flight

Hong Kong Airlines – Photo by Christian Junker CC 2.0

On Friday the 6th of May, Hong Kong Airlines flight HX6704 from Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) carrying 204 passengers and 12 crew members encountered severe turbulence while flying over northern Indonesia, resulting in the injury of 17: 14 passengers and 3 crew members. The aircraft returned to Denpasar, and landed back in Denpasar two hours after diverting. Twelve people were rushed to the hospital, one with serious injuries. It was reported that some of the passengers were immediately flown to Hong Kong aboard a Garuda Indonesia flight, while others remained in Denpasar for the night.

The incident aircraft was an Airbus A330-223, registered B-LNE (MSN 1039). It was delivered to Hong Kong Airlines in 2009, and is powered by two Pratt & Whittney PW4100G engines. The aircraft has since returned to Hong Kong and is now operating under the Hong Kong Airlines flight network as normal.

This incident was not the only trouble that Hong Kong Airlines faced last week. Just the day before, a maintenance team of theirs in Hong Kong accidentally dropped the number one (left) engine of an A330 that they were servicing in Hong Kong. The engine impacted the pavement, and it is unsure if it will be scrapped off or repaired.

Link to article in SCMP: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/1942129/17-chinese-passengers-hurt-hong-kong-bound-flight-hit-air

Link to article in The Standard: http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=74467

 

 

Why can’t we use our phones on an airplane?

Airlines have always been very strict on the use of cell phones in-flight due to the belief that they will affect sensitive aircraft systems. Before Airplane Mode was invented and made common, passengers had to shut down their phones entirely for the duration of the flight. But of course, that was also before smartphones became popular and people read newspaper and magazines or talked to their neighbor. Nowadays people are generally allowed to use their electronics only on Airplane Mode and after the aircraft has reached 10,000 feet, although specific regulations vary and Continue reading

Debris from MH370 found off Mozambique

A Malaysian Airlines 777-200ER similar to the one operating MH370 when it disappeared. Photo by Christian Junker. CC 2.0

For the second time since the disappearance of MH370 in March of 2014, debris from the “crashed” airplane has been found. Last time it was a flaperon (a movable control surface) from the wing found on Reunion Island, this time it’s a piece of the horizontal stabilizer ( found near Mozambique. Experts have agreed that the piece, painted with the words “NO STEP”, is indeed from a Boeing 777, and therefore Continue reading

MH370: My review of Goodnight Malaysian 370

Perhaps what’s so special about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is that never before has an aviation incident (for lack of a better word) grappled the world’s attention with such intensity for so long a time. The initial disappearance was a major new story in itself, and people were kept on the edge of their seats for months as the investigation and search operations went along. Two years later, it seems like the investigations and search operations have stopped, and everyone has to some degree forgotten about MH370. Those who still remember will probably be Continue reading

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