Ua777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3260 times:
UA has a way with their a/c and losing engines. Does this happen a lot with other a/c with other airlines? I know UA 777's have had a lot of emergency but you would expect that seeing how they are the largest operator of this a/c.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2744 times:
>>>>>>To me, it's surprising that they would divert to AMA on such a short trip. AMA is just 360 miles from DEN. Couldn't the 737 just fly the remainder of the trip on one engine?
>>>>>>If it had 1,000 miles to go, I would understand, but it seems to me like this was a waste of time and money. Of course, I'm no expert, so maybe I'm missing something.
>>>Whenever a plane loses an engine it almost always diverts to the nearest airport for safety precautions.
Here in the US, the US FARs dictate that if it's a twin (as most are these days), and engine failure or shutdown occurs, you go to "the nearest suitable airport in point-of-time". If you're on an aircraft with 3 or 4 engines, the option is there to continue to the original destination if doing so is deemed just as safe as going to the nearest suitable etc. etc..