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UA 777's Parked At LHR?  
User currently offlineLapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1558 posts, RR: 7
Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11016 times:

For the past few days this week, there have been 2 UA 777's parked up at LHR. One is by the BA maintenance area, the other is by the bmi hangar. Does anyone know why they're there?

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User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 10842 times:

I have no clue but thats strange. If they are undergoing maintenance, they should EITHER be in bmi or BA but not both? I guess they wont sign a contract with both companies for maintenance in LHR right?


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User currently offlineTropicBird From United States of America, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 10491 times:

I am told both aircraft are seriously damaged and are being repaired by Boeing. One of them had an electrical fire which besides damaging wiring also damaged aircraft skin. The other apparently has a damaged (dented?) horizontal stab.

User currently offlineNorcal773 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1439 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 10188 times:

Quoting TropicBird (Reply 2):
I am told both aircraft are seriously damaged and are being repaired by Boeing. One of them had an electrical fire which besides damaging wiring also damaged aircraft skin. The other apparently has a damaged (dented?) horizontal stab.

How the heck did two mishaps happen to wto UA 777's without anybody mentioning it here in the forum? More importantly, how/when did the damages happen?



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User currently offlineLapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1558 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9970 times:

I was quite surprised that no-one else had posted the question on here earlier. I thought it was strange when I saw one parked up at the BA mx area, then I saw the other one parked up. I thought they were parked due to flight timings at first, but when I saw them for a few days in a row, rudder in the same position wrt the BA parked one, I knew something was wrong. Anyone know the reg of these and how the mis-haps happened?

User currently offlineAlgoz From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9857 times:

Quoting TropicBird (Reply 2):
I am told both aircraft are seriously damaged and are being repaired by Boeing. One of them had an electrical fire which besides damaging wiring also damaged aircraft skin. The other apparently has a damaged (dented?) horizontal stab.

This is correct - the first aircraft was departing LHR to SFO, and as it was taxiing smoke was spotted coming from the nosewheel area. Aircraft was evacuated (not using slides however), and is still at LHR being repaired by Boeing.
2nd aircraft was found (upon arrival from ORD) to have a hole in the tail - possibly caused by de-icing equipment. This aircraft too is in process of being repaired. Due to UA's tight aircraft availability, this had led to numerous unplanned cancellations. Fortunately, it's not a hugely busy time of year across the Atlantic.


User currently offlineN774UA From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9764 times:

Anyone for the regs. of those birds?

N774UA



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User currently offlineFlyorski From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 9230 times:

Anyone know what flights they cancelled?


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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 9088 times:

I saw the one that had had the fire a few hours after if had happened. It was parked next to the new control tower for a day or so before being moved.

I was going to take pics of it, but there was hardly any noticable damage so I didn't bother in the end. From what I heard, it was a fire either in the electrical bay beneath the f/deck or something to do with the IFE. Apparantley the Fire Service attened and gave the a/c a good soaking which has no doubt damaged the a/c electrics further. Not sure how true that is, but that was the gossip around LHR the other day.

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User currently offlineDC8FanJet From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7478 times:

Aircraft with the electonics damage will be repaired by BAC, no firm date. The other is FOD damage, not deicer, either on takeoff or landing, something kicked up off runway. Being fixed now, should be back shortly.

Doubt either problem puts UA "down in the pans"


User currently offlineOrdpark From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5105 times:
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Quoting EKSkycargo370 (Reply 9):

You"ll have to forgive me, but what th hell does that mean? it's not like UA is the only airline to ever suffer an aircraft damage!


User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 8644 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4972 times:

Quoting Norcal773 (Reply 3):

How the heck did two mishaps happen to wto UA 777's without anybody mentioning it here in the forum?

Lots of incidents happen without making it on here or on the news.



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User currently offlineEKSkycargo370 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4972 times:

Apologies for what I wrote earlier,it was not meant in offence.

User currently offlineLimaNiner From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4656 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 8):
From what I heard, it was a fire either in the electrical bay beneath the f/deck or something to do with the IFE.

Are these kinds of electrical fires common, or is this a "phew, that was close!" type of situation?


User currently offlineIPFreely From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4563 times:

I wouldn't think that UA has two B777 "spares" that can be out of service for an extended period of time.

Have they cancelled a frequency somewhere until these planes are repaired?


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3901 times:

Quoting IPFreely (Reply 14):
I wouldn't think that UA has two B777 "spares" that can be out of service for an extended period of time.

Have they cancelled a frequency somewhere until these planes are repaired?



Quoting Algoz (Reply 5):
Due to UA's tight aircraft availability, this had led to numerous unplanned cancellations. Fortunately, it's not a hugely busy time of year across the Atlantic.

Do people not read the whole thread these days ?  Yeah sure

Quoting LimaNiner (Reply 13):
Are these kinds of electrical fires common, or is this a "phew, that was close!" type of situation?

I've never heard of it happen to a T7 before. Any kind of a/c fire that is succesfully contained without major loss of life could be considered a "phew that was close!" situation. Especially with little damage to the a/c too.

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User currently offlineTropicBird From United States of America, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3840 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 15):
I've never heard of it happen to a T7 before. Any kind of a/c fire that is successfully contained without major loss of life could be considered a "phew that was close!" situation. Especially with little damage to the a/c too.

It was a serious fire and I understand there have been 7 of these so far (with 777's). It had something to do with the ELMS closet or something like that?? (I'm not very familiar with 777). And yes UAL has been struggling with other grounded 777's.


User currently offlineDC8FanJet From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3743 times:

Not certain where TropicBird is getting info, but "serious" is always subject to one's interpretation. Obviously, on the ground smoke is far less "serious" than inflight.

UAL isn't struggling with any unusual issues with 777's, just the normal things that come with working machinery. Their fleet is large enough to have spares, and with help from the 747's, cover their long haul markets.


User currently offlineTropicBird From United States of America, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3648 times:

Quoting DC8FanJet (Reply 17):
Not certain where TropicBird is getting info, but "serious" is always subject to one's interpretation. Obviously, on the ground smoke is far less "serious" than inflight.

I got my information from a very reliable source. Any fire on-board an aircraft is serious especially one which burns wires and damages the skin of the aircraft such as what happened to this aircraft. All airlines have bad days and UAL is no exception.

BTW...I am a fan of the DC-8 having once worked with them. A good "solid" aircraft.


User currently offlineLapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1558 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3488 times:

Do any of the Saturday or Sunday LHR spotters have some reg info for us?

User currently offlineGeo772 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

Quoting TropicBird (Reply 16):
It was a serious fire and I understand there have been 7 of these so far (with 777's). It had something to do with the ELMS closet or something like that?? (I'm not very familiar with 777). And yes UAL has been struggling with other grounded 777's.

ELMS or Electrical Load Management System controls the electrical loads and power distribution on the aircraft. There have been a few incidences with different operators concerning burning of certain relays and electrical feeder cables (high current). Due to the specific nature of the problems they are only likely to ever occur on the ground. However I can only go on previous incidences as I don't know the details of the UAL aircraft.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24084 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

Quoting Zeke (Reply 11):
Quoting Norcal773 (Reply 3):

How the heck did two mishaps happen to wto UA 777's without anybody mentioning it here in the forum?

Lots of incidents happen without making it on here or on the news.

Very true. If you monitor the FAA's daily incident reports on their website, it's a rare week where there aren't several airliners involved in minor ground collisions, being struck by fuel/catering/de-icing trucks, cargo containers etc etc. And that's just in the USA.


User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3326 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2975 times:

Flew in and out of LHR on Saturday and Sunday but couldn't get a reg. Saw that in front of the BMI hangar today there was a UA 772, CX 744, and South African 343...don't know if the others were just remote parking or what

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