ThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1989 times:
Before you read - there is no source backing this up so you will have to trust me.
A mate of mine was on the MAN-Belfast (City) I THINK flight on BE yesterday.
There was a majour hydraulic fault, and the captain did not have control of the aircraft and could not turn the plane. My pal said that every time the plane tried to turn it shuddered violently, and felt as if it was going to call apart.
The pilot then came on the tannoy and said that they had lost almost all hydraulic control and were going to attempt an emergency landing at Belfast International airport, but apparently this is when it got hairy.
As the pilot could not line up, he had to get it into a corkscrew turning maneuver to lose altitude, but it was only recovered from just in time to touch down VERY hard, apparently they could see the fire crews and ambulances as they were still in a 40 degrees bank and very low.
All in all, sounds like a very scary situation, anyone know the equipment of this flight?
I'm amazed this hasn't been reported on else where.
ThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1862 times:
Quoting Jpax (Reply 4): So they could turn, but it shuddered very violently when they did?
Correct, but as far as I understand (from my shaken) pal when he rang earlier at one point there was no control at all (the captain mentioned loss of hydraulic power) could that mean anything here?
And yes I think he mentioned it was a prop-job, so it would be a Q400 I guess
ChrisPatton From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1716 times:
All I know is a 146 diverted into BFS with a hydraulic problem, that doesn't mean a total loss of hydraulics.
It diverted from BHD to BFS due to the longer way and as far as I know, still remains at BFS. Another 146 positioned in from Southend to BHD today to operate a flight or flights and is returning this evening to Southend.
No offence to your mate, but how can he tell it was 40degrees of bank?
If it was runway 07 in use at BFS yesterday, coming from the SW or indeed BHD area, it would some right hand turns onto the VOR/DME approach for 07, which only intercepts the runway centreline 1.5nm from touchdown.
You sure he isn't exaggerating a tad, though would be understandable if you had been in that position, but perhaps shouldn't treat it as wholly reliable? No offence intended!