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Massive Smoke Plume Over LHR  
User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 15978 times:

13:35 local time at LHR there is a massive smoke plume over what looks like 27L/09R at Heathrow. Aircraft are still landing on 27R but does anyone know what is going on??


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User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 15864 times:

Departures still going out on 27L so must be something on fire in the distance past the airport. Hard to tell how far away it is, but since departures are still being dispatched it must not be on airport property.


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User currently offlineblooBirdie From Lesotho, joined Sep 2003, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 15865 times:

From the pprune forums:

Word is that the fire is in Servisair Cargo Warehouse between T4 & T5


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 15874 times:

Fire in the cargo area according to posts on twitter, fire services are attending.

http://yfrog.com/11wk5fj

http://yfrog.com/bcb84tj


User currently offlineastuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10008 posts, RR: 96
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 15830 times:
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Quoting VikingA346 (Reply 1):
Departures still going out on 27L so must be something on fire in the distance past the airport

Heathrow live webcam video stream is still showing arrivals, too..

http://www.heathrowcam.net/livestream.html

Rgds


User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 15736 times:

Smoke Plume LHR 7-9

View from Sheraton Skyline LHR



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User currently offlinedc10bhx From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 15210 times:

I have just spoken to a mate of mine who works down there. The whole building is GONE. All the offices above the warehouse are totally lost.

Another mate of mine has advised that several other warehouses have been closed as well.

From what I can gather there have been no reported injuries.

It looks like cargo at LHR will be a nightmare this weekend.



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User currently offlinescouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 15171 times:

On the bbc website now

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/10575057.stm


100 hundred firefighters and 20 pumps!

[Edited 2010-07-09 06:48:19]

User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 15142 times:

A Fork Lift has apparently exploded, and the fire spread extremely quickly afterwards.......


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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 14824 times:

Another pic........

http://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/4...-south-runway-27l-off-airport.html



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User currently offlinedc10bhx From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14652 times:

Just heard from another of my contacts that the surrounding road (and access to the Horseshoe) will be closed till about 2200 hrs at least.

For people who do not know the layout for LHR Cargo the Horseshoe is one of the main areas for Cargo warehouses.

[Edited 2010-07-09 07:40:30]


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14586 times:

This looks like a massive fire from the PPRuNe pictures.
I hope there will be no one badly burned or injured in the fire.

      

Air traffic can wait. A lost human life cannot be replaced or given back.



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User currently offlineskygirl1990 From New Zealand, joined Jun 2010, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 14072 times:

FG's story
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...kling-cargo-blaze-at-heathrow.html


Hope that everyone is fine...



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User currently offlinejohruk From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13871 times:

Just been advised in the office, that Gate Gournet may not be allowed back to their offices until Monday!

CX have been the first to issue a release to advise that there will be no catering on the flights this evening and they are looking at how they can cater further flights...

Lets hope the shops at LHR have lots of sandwiches available to buy!


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 13698 times:

Quoting johruk (Reply 13):
CX have been the first to issue a release to advise that there will be no catering on the flights this evening and they are looking at how they can cater further flights...

Ouch!

With regard to catering, just how many airlines use Gate Gourmet at LHR??



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User currently offline1peter From Netherlands, joined Jul 2005, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13181 times:

I work in an office that over looks the Servisair warehouse complex. When it all happened there was what sounded like an explosion and all of our windows flexed, everyone in our office rushed to the window to see what if anything was going on........! It was only a few minutes later that smoke started pouring out of the realatively new warehouse and spread very very quickly taking over the whole site at an amazing rate. The smell from the smoke then began to enter our office, I guess via the air conditioning, not at all pleasant! We then heard a further bunch of explosions. After about 30 minutes from the start of the incident the complex I work in was also completely evacuated!!!

As already said above it's going to be a fun weekend for those in the cargo business around LHR!!!!



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User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13109 times:

I saw this on BBC news! Hope nobody is hurt!


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User currently offlinepetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 12847 times:

Does this warehouse normally handle dangerous goods? That's the only reason I can think why a forklift-fire can destroy a complete building. Apparantly a relatively new buildling at that, which should have modern fire suppresants.


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User currently offlinehotplane From UK - England, joined Jul 2006, 1038 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11885 times:

Amazingly it was still smoldering at 8.30 this evening.


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19584 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11452 times:

Quoting johruk (Reply 13):

CX have been the first to issue a release to advise that there will be no catering on the flights this evening and they are looking at how they can cater further flights...

Ouch. HKG is pretty long flight to go without catering. And they're going to have to compensate J and F pax. who paid a dear premium for that same catering.


User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 11277 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 19):
Ouch. HKG is pretty long flight to go without catering. And they're going to have to compensate J and F pax. who paid a dear premium for that same catering.

They were giving out refresment vouchers for the flights, though T3 was running out of food in the main food areas, boots, starbucks etc



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User currently offlinepetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 10752 times:

Would it be possible for CX and other airlines to bring in catering from nearby airports? Or perhaps even make a quick stop at an airport along the route with plenty catering fascilities (e.g. AMS, CDG, FRA). There would be a delay, but on a long-haul flight I would imagine most passengers can accept a minor delay if it avoids flying without any food and drinks for 10+ hours.


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User currently offlineSyeaphanR From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 10204 times:
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And what about people like insulin-dependent diabetics? The sector to HKG is too long to manage dependably on a few sandwiches...If available! In that position, I'd be pushing to be put on a later, catered, flight. And the airlines should agree, as a diabetic hypo without food available would constitute a full-on medical emergency. Scary!

I speak as such a diabetic...and it's unpleasant on the ground WITH sugar and food to hand...At 37.000ft, over some foreign territory, I shudder to think!


User currently offlinebeechnut From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 725 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 10206 times:

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 17):
Does this warehouse normally handle dangerous goods? That's the only reason I can think why a forklift-fire can destroy a complete building. Apparantly a relatively new buildling at that, which should have modern fire suppresants.

Probably the propane tank on the forklift. An exploding propane tank can do an amazing amount of damage.

Beech


User currently offlineTravellerPlus From New Zealand, joined Nov 2008, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 9977 times:

Quoting SyeaphanR (Reply 22):
And what about people like insulin-dependent diabetics? The sector to HKG is too long to manage dependably on a few sandwiches...If available! In that position, I'd be pushing to be put on a later, catered, flight. And the airlines should agree, as a diabetic hypo without food available would constitute a full-on medical emergency. Scary!

In that case I'd imagine an with airline like CX would be flexible. My experience is that the CX staff are empowered enough to help out and think outside the square. I can see them rebooking a passenger via a European city to get catering on the long haul (and then ensure the catering was loaded too!) or rebook the passenger free of charge to the next catered service or to a later uncatered service, but to give the passenger enough time to purchase their own food to bring on board. CX looks after its passengers.



What goes around comes around....unless your luggage is not on the carousel...
25 dldtw1962 : Is CX the only airline that uses Gate Gourmet? What other carriers will be effected by this? Chuck
26 HiJazzey : As far as I recall, Gate Gourmet is the biggest caterer in LHR. BA is among their customers. When their staff went on strike in 2005 it caused chaos a
27 RTFM : But not from the GG facility that is next to Servisair. GG have 2 facilities at LHR; BA's longhaul catering is done at the other one so should not be
28 Post contains links and images PW100 : Pretty impressive pic . . . . : . . . http://gulfnews.com/business/general...house-at-heathrow-on-fire-1.652335 PW100
29 dldtw1962 : Thanks for the information. Have a great day...
30 bwaflyer : Gate Gourmet cater bmi mid/long haul flights. Today's and last nights' flights are departing without catering. Sandwich packs are being loaded from ou
31 dc10bhx : This warehouse (the same as most at LHR) will handle the majority of hazardous classes that can be shipped by airfreight. It stands to reason that if
32 vegas005 : Where is the business continuity plan for Gate Gourmet? It is absolutely unacceptable to have no plan in place to handle these types of business inter
33 theginge : They have 2 catering facilites at LHR so I imagine the one nearer T4 might have swung in to action to cover the shortfall from the other. You can't j
34 DocLightning : Well, first of all, it appears that there were no injuries, although I'm sure a number of people spent a couple of hours in the ED (or A&E, as th
35 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : A friend who works at LHR sent me these.....
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