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US Air: 767 Engine Failure (in Maint) W/ Pics  
User currently offlineAA@DFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 397 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5401 times:

Link to the following location to see pictures from AVweb on a US Air 767-200 that experienced a catastrophic engine failure during a full-power run up in maintenance.

Very scarry pictures.


Orono, Maine

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User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5320 times:

I am glad that is incident did not happen in the air with passengers on board. This would have been a very serious blow for US Airways after what happened with Flt 427 in Pittsburgh in 1994. Does this engine failure involving a GE CF6 have anything to with the inspections the FAA mandated this past summer to look for possible cracks in the engine spools?

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5292 times:

Was this jet refurbished or written off? It seems to be in good condition other than the wing/engine area

Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1479 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5229 times:

They wrote it off- apparently the wing spar was damaged in the incident. Thank god this happened on the ground with no pax.

Kittens Give Morbo Gas
User currently offlineHypermike From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1001 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5215 times:

I read this in a newsletter published by a PHL-based Flight Attendant:

The Federal Aviation Administration today issued an airworthiness directive
making the time required for previously ordered inspections of General
Electric (GE) CF-6 engines more restrictive. The inspections are being done
to detect cracking in the high-pressure compressor stage (3-9 spool) that
could cause an uncontained engine failure. The compressor in an aircraft
engine compresses the incoming air and speeds it up before it enters the
combustion chamber to mix with fuel. The engines affected are CF6-45, -50,
-80A, -80C2 and -80E1 models. Aircraft with these engines include Boeing
747s, 767s, DC-10s and MD-11s, and Airbus A300s, A310s and A330s. There
are about 1,180 such engines in the U. S. fleet approximately 1400
worldwide. Total cost to U.S. operators for removal and inspection of the
high-compressor parts of these engines is estimated at a maximum of

Less than two months later here is what appeared in my 10-10 newsletter:

A couple of weeks ago in PHL, three maintenance employees took a 767
(aircraft # 654) out to do a maintenance runup on taxiway kilo when the
left engine experienced an uncontained catastrophic failure. I guess you
could say it was a failed and very expensive, runup. $Cha-ching$

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 5210 times:

I've not heard of a US Airways 767 write off ??

User currently offlineSurf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 5185 times:

Good God why are GE engines such CRAP????

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 5187 times:

I believe that the aircraft in question is N654US (msn 25225) and the initial decision to write off that aircraft has been changed and they will attempt to fix the damage.

User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3142 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (15 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5170 times:

They will not write off that plane.

The engine can be replaced, and the wing can be fixed. After an investigation by the FAA, GE, and Boeing, that plane will be back up in the skies.  And yes, i'll be the first to fly on it. Its still safe, and the plane is still young, well middl aged. I expect to see it up in the air again by January.

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