TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2237 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?
Hypermike From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1001 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2132 times:
I read this in a newsletter published by a PHL-based Flight Attendant:
NAME THAT ENGINE:
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:
WHO WANTS TO PLAY WITH A 767?
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. $Cha-ching$
ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8 Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2087 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.