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777 Engine Fire At DIA (DEN)  
User currently offlineKhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 425 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 9981 times:

I am trying to find more information out about a fire a DIA back in 2001 (Early Sept I believe). The picture that was posted on the a.net homepage for a while reminded me of it.

From what I understand (and actually saw), a BA 777 had just deplaned everyone and the fuel truck was starting to fuel on the left wing port just be the engine. Now, it is unclear as to what started the fire, but it was a rather large fire ball. The fueler was up in the basket doing the work and was caught in the basket during the fire. I didn't see it what happened to him, but apparently he jump out of the basket. Fire trucks were on scene quickly and put the fire out. It was a big mess. I got a chance to check out the scene close up later, but no one at the time knew really what happened. Rumor has it that the person involved died from the burns.

Anyway, I have been trying to find out info on the incident and the person involved. I know the 777 sat in Denver for a good long time and when I came back form a trip, it had left. Any information would be appreciated.

No, I didn't have a camera for those wondering.

KhenleyDIA


Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9872 times:

Was Sept 5, 2001. I remember the local media didn't cover it at all with the exception of a blurb on one of the new's websites. Usually they eat this kind of stuff up.

See http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20010918X01956&key=1 for the NTSB report on this.

Mark



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User currently offlineKhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9779 times:

Brick,

Thanks for the link. I had looked for that report for sometime to find out what actually happened. I will never forget the fireball from the incident, even though I was on the other side of the taxi way.

KhenleyDIA



Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
User currently offlineDaron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9436 times:

Eerie that it happened just a week before 9/11

User currently offlineAA7573E From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 475 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9372 times:

It did not happen a week before 9/11, it happened 6 days before 9/11. What does an engine fire have to do with that anyway?


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User currently offlineKhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9218 times:

I would be interested to know what happened to the plane. Where did it ferry to? Did it get repaired in Denver or somewhere else? How long was it out of service?

KhenleyDIA



Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
User currently offlineMojo89 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9173 times:

It did happen before 9/11 but the fueler, God rest his soul, passed away on September 11, 2001.


When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. -Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
User currently offlineKhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8652 times:

Quoting Mojo89 (reply 6):
It did happen before 9/11 but the fueler, God rest his soul, passed away on September 11, 2001.


When I was flying into DEN about a week after Sept 11, I had asked one of my F/A friends what they had heard and they told about how he died on Sept 11. It is very unfortunate that he died. I wonder exactly what changes came from the incident, if any. I know the report talks about companies looking into changes, but I just wonder if any actually MADE changes.

KhenleyDIA



Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
User currently offlineRjmxsdf From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4366 times:

I was a fueler for that company and was on shift that day.There was some press coverage I saw later that evening that was disturbing. When the reporter at the airport told the story including the severity of the burns to my friend the anchor of the channel said "well at least no crew or passengers were injured.

User currently offlineRjmxsdf From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4349 times:

I would be interested to know what happened to the plane. Where did it ferry to? Did it get repaired in Denver or somewhere else? How long was it out of service?

KhenleyDIA


It was repaired in denver at the united hanger and was out for several weeks. When the plane left I was the one who fuelled it and could see where they had tried to remove the soot.


User currently offlineKhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4150 times:

Quoting Rjmxsdf (Reply 8):
I was a fueler for that company and was on shift that day.


Is it safe to assume you knew the person? This might sound stupid, but considering the fact that aviation is one of the safest ways to travel, you wouldn't often think (as a passenger) of the safety for those working on the ground. I remember going through the safety training, them talking about how you could die or be injured. Most everyway was by doing something stupid, having a freak accident or someone else doing something stupid. I am sure that people in the terminal, when it happened first thought that they were glad not to be on that plane. Considering how the accident happened and how large the fire was, it is amazing more didn't get injured or killed. Of course it is unfortunate that even 1 person died, but it is a good thing no one else was even injured.

Rjmxsdf, do you still work at DIA? I take it you aren't a fueler anymore, or at least not for that company.

KhenleyDIA



Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
User currently offlineRjmxsdf From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3972 times:

No I am not a fueler anymore I was doing that while going to a&p school. And no I don't work at DIA anymore either. Yes, I did know that person, he was about my age, 23. I remember many, many times having the fire trucks foam cannons pointed in my direction from fuel spills, and not really thinking of the severity of the situation, until the BA accident.

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