AI From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2235 times:
BA continued with a non-working engine & not a tyre. I am not an expert so it might be safe to do so, but to me on the face of it, it seems a better idea not to continue on a long haul flight if you are already one engine down.
Norcal773 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1457 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2206 times:
Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 2): Cue shrill whines from loads of "armchair" types who castigate BA for continuing with the flight claiming it is unsafe
Quoting AI (Reply 3): BA continued with a non-working engine & not a tyre. I am not an expert so it might be safe to do so, but to me on the face of it, it seems a better idea not to continue on a long haul flight if you are already one engine down.
Ooh boy, this topic has been beaten to pulp so let's not bring it up again!
TristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2079 times:
Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 1): Has it lost an actual wheel or has a tyre just blown?
If it has lost a tyre then continuing would be the best option, but if it has lost a whole wheel then I would have expected it to return, as there would be axle damage that would be much easier to repair at main base.
Reminds me of an incident when a GF L1011 lost a complete nose wheel on take off from LHR bound for BAH. The crew did not know until BA Ops control called and told them.
The Tristar flew through the night to BAH, and at 0500 the GF Ops manager made a profound decision to let them land!. He could not understand why we all thought that was funny. What else would they do but land at main base? The landing was without incident, but the axle was sheared off and we had to replace the NLG Inner cylinder (There was no separate axle assy.)
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10435 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1755 times:
If the whole wheel came off, then that's a pretty unusual. Tires bursting and disappearing isn't as big of a deal.
If the gear retracted properly and there are no hydraulic problems, then there isn't any reason to divert back to London. That'll cost them about $100,000. I wouldn't think it is anywhere near as big of a deal to lose a tire or wheel on a 747 than a smaller plane like the 737. Tires burst all the time, so it doesn't need to be sensationalized.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!