Qslinger From India, joined Apr 2006, 262 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8781 times:
I just read this in the news paper yesterday about a incident on an in bound Emirates A330 with its engine cowling damage. This incident apprantly occurred on the 18th of October and was released by the press yesterday.
Anyone with anymore news on this? What did the investigation reveal?
Here is a an outside link to a forum that mentions this incident.
Awthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8169 times:
I read a few threads on other sites. At first most people said that it was an uncontained engine failure, ie. a main fan blade becoming detached and exiting through the cowling. Some people who should know better started to quote technical garb in an attempt to explain this.
This led to the usual childish Rolls-Royce versus GE reliability arguments with each side quoting statistics and past events.
All the time I could see (my personal opinion of course) that this could not have been caused by a main fan blade failure as the damage is well forward of the main fan disk.
There are hints on other sites that the failure was not the actual engine but something to do with an anti icing pnuematics failure causing the cowling to disintegrate.
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 13418 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5751 times:
Quoting Trex8 (Reply 3): discussed in tech forums Trent Fan Blade Failure. (by BOE773 Oct 22 2006 in Tech Ops)
Gosh, BOE773 dissing a RR engine? Surely not.
It's clear from the last set of pictures in the last link in the OP, that all the fan blades are intact. That, plus the fact the damage is in front of the fan suggests this damage was not directly caused by the engine.
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