AirOrange From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1841 times:
September 19 - Rotterdam Airport. A small aircraft, a Metro Swearingen of Dynamic Airlines skidded off the runway this morning after one of the engines caught fire. One person of the 17 on board was lightly injured and taken to hospital with neck complains. The aircraft planned to take off for a flight to Birmingham.
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1499 times:
Quoting AirOrange (Reply 2): EHRD was closed for the whole morning until the aircraft and debris were removed from the crash site. I don't know whether the airport is re-opened again or not. I assume it is.
This is MOST interesting as a former Metro and Garrett TPE331 heavy maintenance mechanic.....do you have any more detailed information or a link to some targeted information?
Engine fires on the TPE331 are most unusual, I do not believe I ever saw one....however, tailpipe fires are not unknown where there is oil leakage from the rear scavenge pump or through the carbon seal. They can produce a lot of smoke and a bit of flame although no permanent harm is done-just shut off the fuel and crank it on the starter....as I recall, I know of one tailpipe fire in which the pilot aborted a takeoff (It was a Turbo Commander) and came back in a rage, the rear scavenge pump had been installed without a gasket. There have also been others with scavenge pump failures but this is fairly uncommon.
I could see where it might happen on a Metro if, as I saw on a number of occasions, the fuel pump/control assembly was not secured with a bracket provided for the purpose but difficult to install.
Of course the engine case is magnesium so if THAT ever got cooking it would be a helluva fire...woulda crisped the Metro....
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1273 times:
Thanks Orange....I was able to look at the pics through the site and they are most interesting.
What they show me is that the number one engine was pulling full power when it hit the runway, but that number two was not-which seems to suggest that number 2 was shut down or was in the process of being shut down....look at the way the prop blades are curled over.
One thing that the Metro series is known for is landing gear collapses and this could....could be implicated here, particularly because one engine struck at full power and the other one was caged or in the process of being caged.
However, the Metro doesn't look too bad....I worked on worse....3 or 4 that had had landing gear collapses on takeoff...