CYatUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 804 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3260 times:
AN XL Airways flight en route to Manchester had to make an emergency landing at Larnaca Airport in the early hours of Tuesday morning due to technical problems.
Today's Cypriot press reports that one of the engines of the 1 month-old jet caught fire whilst flying over Cyprus and the pilot decided to land at LCA. The plane departed Sharm el Sheikh a earlier that day.
Sketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1772 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3241 times:
Its seems strange that an engine would catch fire after only 100 hours service. Obviously they would have had some rigorous testing before being attached to the aircraft but surely not enough to do damage to them
Typhaerion From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 619 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2951 times:
Sometimes, and I dont know if this is true for XL, but airlines will stagger engines so that each plane does not come up on its engine checks at the same time. They will take an engine on a bird that has flow some more hours and place it on a new bird so that the engines on that bird are not accruing hours and cycles at the same rate from the same point and therefore hitting MX together. Now I am not saying that this is the case here, but I guess I am just trying to say that the assumption that noth engines were brand new may be false.
I would wait for some more technical information before jumping to any "this is wierd" statements.
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