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American Airlines 757 Engine Trouble In PHL  
User currently offline747Combi From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 17 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 5173 times:

Hello I was loading my flight on Sunday it was around twelve thirty and I noticed an American 757 taking off as he was climbing I heard this funny noise and saw two orange fireballs shoot out the back of his #1 engine. I was wondering what could have caused it or is it something that happens reguarly?  cool 

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User currently offlineNW747-400 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 506 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 5122 times:

What you saw was definately a compressor stall, maybe caused by bird ingestion or possibly a fan blade failed and was released against the engine case. Was it raining?...Intense precipitation can also block airflow through the inlet and cause a compressor stall.

User currently offlinePhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 5092 times:

Most likely a engine surge. Bird ingestion or blade failure and most likely the aircraft would have been back on the ground in a matter of minutes.

Engine surges aren't all that uncommon particularly if the engine was operated at high power settings.

User currently offline747Combi From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 4984 times:

yes it was raining also the airport ops were also driving up and down the runway I guess looking for something that may have fallen from the engine

User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

After a compressor stall isn't that considered an engine failure? If not what does the a/c do on climb out. I mean with one engine gone that climb is going to be hellish. I'm surprised that the a/c didn't come back...

Thanks for the story,


"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
User currently offlineFilejw From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 4885 times:

You may or may not know you had a compressor stall.If you happen to be looking at the EPR gauge you will see it but if its just a transient thing you may not.I'v also taken a bird thru an engine and the only way we knew was on the walk- around before the next leg.

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