Sanjet From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 4 months 6 days ago) and read 1556 times:
Sir Richard Branson might be wondering where the heck one of his 744 went. Flight Virgin 15 EGKK - KMCO. Divert due to medical emergency, landed and one of reverse thrust remained open upon landing. Airplane grounded, at least 350 passengers dressed to land in MCO land in YYR where it's currently -40 with wind chill. Yikes!
Geo772 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 497 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1157 times:
Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 5): Forgive my ignorance (newbie) but what was the significance of the thrust reverser remaining open upon landing? Also, anyone know when the stranded pax will make it down to not-so-sunny Orlando?
A reverser staying open iss not good but can often just be manually wound back inspected andlocked out according to the MEL. However in the event of a gearbox problem or drive shaft shearing then it becomes a bit more serious and has to be fully repaired prior to flight again. This can be a bit of an awkward job in the hanger on some types - I'm not familiar with the CF6 engine on Virgins aircraft however in Goos Bay the weather will make it very hard work for the engineers involved.
Flown on A300B4/600,A319/20/21,A332/3,A343,B727,B732/3/4/7/8,B741/2/4,B752,B762/3,B772/3,DC10,L1011-200,VC10,MD80,1-11