Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19607 posts, RR: 51 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4865 times:
Whilst at LHR yesterday afternoon, G-VHOT (a VS 744) taxied (it was not connected to a tug) to a stand not connected to an airbridge and close to terminal 2’s car park. The aircraft was greeted by some maintainence people, who immediately opened its number 1 engine and began to work on it.
After about 1.5 hours, it was pushed back and subsequently taxied to 09R for departure.
10 or so minutes later, it departed.
I presume that this aircraft was loaded with passengers and taxied out for departure but then realised something was wrong with its engine, hence getting it fixed.
Where was –VHOT flying to?
Does anyone else have any info on this?
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JMChladek From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4102 times:
I've been in a 742 with ALL its engines getting serviced and yes it isn't that fun (can be less fun if the APU is off, so no cool air flow). In the case of this plane, I think it was a minor concern if it left soon after. I do remember reading a trip report recently about a BA 744 in Cairo with fuel tank problems and the passengers remained on board also while the ground crews sorted out the problems.
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4040 times:
I have never seen a plane being fixed on the taxiway.
I have.... a United or American Airlines (not sure which) 767 or 777 (boy, today I'm being vague! ) was in the departures queue at LHR on a very busy day. They discovered some sort of problem and told the tower, but they were locked in the queue and could not simply return to stand. So they asked for a company vehicle with maintenance engineers, which drove out to them and looked at the problem.
Can't quite remember whether they eventually had to return to stand via taxiing down the runway or could take off straight away.
Either way, I do remember watching the small van drive up to the plane and being quite intrigued. And the tower warning all the other planes that a van would drive by quite close...
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4053 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3473 times:
"Ah, ok then. The A340-300 i saw parked on a stand which is sometimes occupied with El Al aircraft and is right next to T1/2"
That is stand 158. It's a remote stand that is just off the end of the Europier, next to the stand that El-AL uses. We sometimes get it for our tow off's when all the remote stands over by T3 and the firestation are full. It's a bit of a pain in the @$$ when we get that one, as it's so far away from where all our equipment is usually kept, it means having to take everything half way round the airport, just to bring back again a few hours later.
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Qantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3414 times:
about six weeks ago I saw a BA777 (G-ZZZ?) having difficulties at the hold point between 23 and 27R, it sat there for an hour and a half while various guys went in and out of the front wheel well and it then departed to wherever it was going. there is a pic in D/B of it as it spooled up for take off.
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Okie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3784 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3329 times:
I was on a 727 at ORD-OKC way back when and we stopped on the taxiway and the pilot came on the intercom to tell us he thought we had a flat tire on the nose. He was calling Mx , there would be a 20 minute delay. Well needless to say the 20 minute delay turned into a 2 hour and 20 minute delay due to both tires being flat and Mx was going to have to borrow a tire from another airline. He said that after the plane was in the air drinks were going to be on the house, Well after about the first hour passed the Captain came on the intercom to inform us Mx had jacked up the plane so technically the plane was in the air and drinks would be served. The guy next to me was extremely nervous and sucked down four vodka's straight out of the bottles.
It did not occur to me later that if we left the gate with two good nose wheels and we were on the taxiway with two flats that we must have run over something along the way.
When I got to OKC more than two hours late I thought my future ex-wife had given up on me and gone home but as luck would have it, she had forgotten that I was coming home that day, again maybe that's why she is an ex-wife but that is another story entirely