David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7733 posts, RR: 13 Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5777 times:
bmi A321 G-MIDJ had a lightning strike last night whilst operating a charter flight into MAN according to this local report. By the looks of the nose cone area, it may be out of action for a day or two.
Agrodemm From Greece, joined Apr 2000, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5714 times:
Even though, many will come up and say that this is "business as usual",
I would say that from a pasenger's point of view, this event is something that they will remember.
I also want to comment on the article about the "thousands of feet" of altitude that the plane lost.......
At any rate, it seems that the crew handled this event in an excellent manner.
AWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5652 times:
Don't you just love the headline and caption for that pic. Seems there's a new buzz-word for any incident that involves a high level of drama.
I suspect many of those passengers (who will ever fly again) may heed the airlines warnings and keep their seat-belt fastened during a flight, from now on.
Thankfully, the aircraft was not lost, nor any passengers seriously injured. It's amazing to see the extent of the damage to the aircraft, though. Look closely at the photo and you can see damage to the leading edge of the engine cowling.
I can't imagine how frightful that experience must have been for those passengers. I, on the other hand, probably would have been rummaging through my carry-on for a clean pair of boxers.
Hammer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 692 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5509 times:
This happened to a NWA 747 a few years ago right after takeoff in DTW, shortly after takeoff it went thru a thunderstorm and there was alot of hail damage to it- nose cone and the cockpit windshield were hit hard...
LHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5386 times:
Wow, I actually flew this plane as well LHR to CAG in July last year, (Which had engine problems during flight.) - That is a lot of damage. Reminds me of my recent flight landing in TFS doesn't seem that bad now, lol.
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AAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4988 times:
Let FBW take over?
Do you mean the autopilot systems (and the built in safety envelope of the FBW system)... FBW is the system that "flys" the aircraft (computers interpret the input on the joysticks - well them joystick like things in the cockpit - and adjusts the flight control surfaces accordingly... it does not fly the aircraft itself like Autopilot.
And i would have imagined the flight would have been on AP at the time of the incident.
Eg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1844 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4909 times:
No, what I mean is that if you take your hands off the controls in an Airbus FBW, it will maintain pitch/heading without inputs. For example, if you roll to 10 degrees bank, let go of the stick, then the aircraft will maintain 10 degrees bank and you'll end up flying round in circles.
So presumably if you are in straight and level flight the aircraft will automatically maintain straight and level even with no hands on the controls, irrespective of the status of the autopilot?
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4804 times:
There is much debate on the pilot forum 'pprune' regarding whether hail would be detected by weather radar...I guess if the crew had known it would be that bad, they might have chosen to fly around it. Strange to get that sort of incident here in Europe, I always regard the tropics/USA as having more serious weather extremes i.e. "golf ball sized hailstones".
Craigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4580 times:
Thanks Dan, and no, I didn't know it was coming. The weather was very dull and I was just taking some routine 'practice' shots, having been there for the arrival of the Juventus and AC Milan team flights. I had about a gig worth of compact flash left and I was practicing how tightly I could frame an aircraft without cutting the tail off.
The shot I posted was a close up of a full frame shot of the aircraft - the only thing I noticed through the viewfinder was that the nose appeared to have a green tint. It was when I reviewed the shot on the LCD screen that I noticed the damage. I was surprised when I saw the "terror at 34,000 feet" headline in today's newspaper.
Since my posting this afternoon, I have had the following email, which I would like to share with you all.
I was browsing the internet today when I came across airliners.net and the conversation about the BMI flight. I didn't know which user to send an email to and I don't know if you are interested. But.... I was on that flight. I couldn't post as I am not a member and do not want to pay as I would not use the site often. I just thought if I could get a mail to one of you, you could let everybody else know the perspective of somebody who was actually there. Also this is part of me 'getting it out of my system' if you know what I mean. This experience was the most frightening thing I have ever faced in my life and without exagerating, I can honestly say I thought I was going to die. I think BMI would make this sound like a standard issue for obvious reasons. However, I am still here now and am thankful for that. My partner who was travelling with me has not coped as well as I have, she has slept only an hour since the incident and had a panic attack earlier today. This! incident is something that will most likely scar our memories for life. Even if this incident is classed as unserious in aviation I can fully back up that the pilot has been quoted saying that in twenty years of flying he had never experienced something like this and probably never will again. I heard him say that with my own ears.
Kellmark From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 698 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4495 times:
OK Folks lets get a reality check here. This aircraft ran into severe hail over a period of 45 minutes and dropped or was forced down some 11,000 feet. It suffered severe damage and the passengers were frightened to death. This was very serious.
1. It is not required for this airline (BMI) to have a certified flight watch/monitoring system that would have alerted the pilot to the weather ahead and given him advice to go around it and avoid it. Neither the UK or JAA has a requirement for licensed flight operations officers/aircraft dispatchers who would do this function and support the flight crew in flight with the latest information on safety issues such as this type of weather. In the US and elsewhere dispatchers are certified and required to advise the crew and plan around weather such as this. So the crew was basically on their own, with no enroute support from the airline. This is a huge hole in the European aviation safety system. They launch their aircraft off into God knows where and nobody is required to watch the flight and give it information as it proceeds. ATC can't do it, as they don't know what the aircraft and crew are qualified for, what fuel it has onboard, what it weighs, what its limitations are or what airports the airplane could go to and their radar is often not well equipped to see weather, just aircraft targets. But in the US and Canada there is a dispatch system which does provide this info, including weather ahead.
2. This flight had the encounter with the severe weather over Germany, was obviously significantly damaged, and yet this pilot, not knowing the true condition of his aircraft, continues on to his destination of Manchester, when there were plenty of good airports close by. What part of this am I not getting? He should quickly have landed at the nearest available airport, rather than continuing on, especially over water.
3. Regarding severe weather in Europe, the assumption that this doesn't happen like in the US is simply no longer true. Remember the Swiss SAAB 2000 from Basel to Hamburg that crashed at Berlin Werneuchen last July? After running into severe weather it then had its destination and its alternates close, yet he continued on into bad weather and was on the verge of running out of fuel (7 minutes left) until he landed on a closed runway and wiped off the gear? Those passengers also thought that they "were going to die". By the way, that one also had no licensed/certified flight following system either. And there were tornados in Berlin that day.
Its about time that Europe closed this huge hole in their aviation system. You can't just launch a flight off into the wild blue yonder and then just expect everything will be just fine while providing no support for it enroute. When one of my colleagues asked an official at a major international airline that also does not have this system, he said, "well the pilot will find out about it when he gets there". Well, that is exactly what happened this week to BMI. And it will happen again and again until a lot of people get killed one day.
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 49
Reply 23, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4363 times:
"So the crew was basically on their own, with no enroute support from the airline. This is a huge hole in the European aviation safety system. They launch their aircraft off into God knows where and nobody is required to watch the flight and give it information as it proceeds."
I'm sorry but I beg to differ. It is laughable that you think European airlines "launch aircraft into God knows where" with seemingly little regard for weather conditions and a lack of flight information passed to us. All the "US-style" dispatcher would do for us is add totally unnecessary cost and complication to the operation.
We don't need someone else to tell us where to divert to if the going gets tough, we are trained and qualified to make those decisions by ourselves thank you. If we require further information to assist in the decision making process we will obtain it from ATC / the company.
"and yet this pilot, not knowing the true condition of his aircraft, continues on to his destination of Manchester, when there were plenty of good airports close by. What part of this am I not getting? He should quickly have landed at the nearest available airport, rather than continuing on, especially over water."
Rubbish, it's not for you to be so quick to come to a conclusion about what this pilot should or shouldn't have done, without knowledge or appreciation of the operational situation the crew faced at the time. The decision to make an en-route diversion is based on so many factors which are simply not available to people on the ground, and certainly not to you or I discussing the event several days later.
As for the media and passenger remarks, they crack me up more every time. Passengers will always "cling to the armrests" and get "tossed about the cabin" and "scream with fear" in the unquestionable conclusion that they are "going to die" in these situations. Every time one of these events occurs the media go at it more and more.
All this "why did the Captain fly through the hailstones" and "why did he not divert" is just pure conjecture on our part. Let's wait for the facts (if we ever get any) before concluding that the pilots were to blame in this case.
At the end of the day that Captain will defend his decision to continue the flight to the destination. Should they have diverted? Whether they should or not, it isn't for you or I to challenge the decision without a thorough understanding of the incident which none of us have.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 31
Reply 24, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4349 times:
I agree with you, Rick. What could the pilot have done to avoid what happened? Fly at 60,000ft to avoid the clouds?? If he'd have descended for all he knew it may have been worse, and obviously he wasn't suspecting such hail.
As there was no visible damage apart from the shattered windscreen (which as has been mentioned before, is not a huge deal when it comes to safety and happens more often than you'd think) the pilot was obviously inclined to carry on to his destination as the aircraft was still operating safely and was in a condition to fly.
As you can see it landed well enough, sure it was a bad experience for the passengers but it can't be helped, it does happen, it wasn't a major incident as such but obviously there was the element of danger there.. But nothing the pilots couldn't have handled.
: I fly United all the time and listen to ground to air communication on Channel 9. Commercial pilots on the major airlines seem to do everything they c
: I've heard numerous pilots ask for deviation "due weather" when departing MAN on those rare occasions when we have 1 or 2 clouds congregating for a d
: Sure was a busy day, I tell yer! One of the weird things was another airbus flew out of Manchester (I think to collect the passengers, should the pilo
: Rick767 and EGGD. I stick to my guns on this one. What harm is it for the crew to have the best information both before the flight and during the flig
: Am I correct in assuming that the nose cone is not within the pressurized portion of the fuselage? If it were, the hole would have been apparent to th
: Nice to see everyone being so presumptuous.....