AS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6330 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7437 times:
Agreed PPVRA. My guess is somewhere and engine was removed due to ingesting something, hence the damage. The seat belt just happened to be used to secure the blades on a truck ride somewhere, or just so they wouldn't move sitting in the hangar. Then when the pics came out, a story was added. With all the aviation buffs on this site, this story would have been brought up a few times.
"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"
The picture isn't fake, but the story probably is. What you're seeing here is probably an engine being prepared for shipment (possibly underwing on a 747 as a 'fifth' engine) to be repaired. The engine was obviously damaged by a foreign object. I don't believe for one single second the Air China took off with the engine like that on only three working engines for a revenue flight.
Litz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2008 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6701 times:
This has made the rounds for several years ....
According to lore, it was a chinese freighter 747 that was bound for somewhere in europe, and landed in FRA due to fuel emergency.
According to the lore, they'd been flying on 3 engines and therefore had a higher fuel burn than expected.
Text of the common email spreading this around :
Quote: A pilot for a 747 belonging to a Chinese carrier requested permission and landed at Frankfurt, Germany for an unscheduled refueling stop. The reason became soon apparent to the ground crew: The Number 3 engine had been shut down because of excessive vibration, and because it didn't look to be in a great state of repair.
It had apparently been no problem for the resourceful maintenance team back in China: they took some sturdy straps and wrapped them around several of the fan blades and the structures behind, thus stopping any unwanted windmilling (engine spinning by itself due to airflow passing thru the blades during flight) and associated uncomfortable vibration caused by the suboptimal fan. Note that the straps are seatbelts!
After making the "repairs", off they went into the wild blue yonder with another revenue-making flight on only three engines! With the increased fuel consumption, they got a bit low on fuel, and just set it down at the closest airport for a quick refill.
That's when the problems started: The Germans, who are kind of picky about this stuff, inspected the malfunctioning engine and immediately grounded the aircraft. (besides the seatbelts, notice the appalling condition of the fan blades.) The airline operator had to send a chunk of money to get the first engine replaced (took about 10 days) The repair contractor decided to do some impromptu inspection work on the other engines, none of which looked all that great either.
The result: a total of 3 engines were eventually changed on this plane before it was permitted to fly again.
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6435 times:
Quoting Oly720man (Reply 9): Seems to have first appeared in alt.culture.taiwan newsgroup/forum in early 2003.
I first saw the pictures when I lived in the UK and I returned to the States in February 2002. So it was before 2003. The story as I recall was that the subject aircraft was ferried (on three engines) with the damaged fan secured to prevent rotation, because of the obvious balance problem.