Captadderley From Bahamas, joined Jul 2008, 1 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2174 times:
Well I've been browsing Airliners.net for quite some time now and now I've finally got my ticket (LoL)! Unfortunately this is my first post but it's not on a good note. I've looked through the forums but didn't find anything on the subject.
...If there are any US Air employees here maybe they can share some light on the event. Apparently shortly after takeoff one of the engines developed a problem requiring an emergency landing back here in Nassau. Eyewitness reports state that 8-12 foot flames were shooting from the rear of the engine as it was on final back into Nassau. The pilots made it back safely and at this time the aircraft is still here in Nassau near the BahamasAir maintainance hanger. It appears to be an Airbus A-319/320 in the new color scheme. I'm guessing that the aircraft will be repaired by some of BahamasAir's mechanics along with some US Air assistance. Both airlines have a partnership now so I'm just takin a guess that that is what's gonna happen.
Again if any US Air employees are available could you shed some light on this for us.
BWilliams From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
Don't work for US Air, but if I could take a guess at what happened:
from what it sounds like, I would guess that the engine took in some kind of debris (most likely a bird, if it was shortly after takeoff). The damage to the engine would cause a compressor stall resulting in the fire mentioned.
This video shows exactly what happens in this case, for a more visual explanation:
If someone has more information, please feel free to correct.