ferengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 692 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3075 times:
Just seen on Sky News that today marks the 25th anniversary of the Manchester Airport disaster, when British Airtours Boeing 737-236 G-BGJL, named River Orrin, suffered a failure of the Number 1 engine before V1. Thinking a tyre had burst due to the thud they had felt.
However, what the flight crew had heard was the port engine partially disintegrating. Parts of the engine casing ruptured the fuel tank next to the engine, and as the aircraft began its emergency deceleration, aviation fuel gushed over the red hot exhaust and ignited.
This fire was not immediately indicated on the flight deck, where the crew was still under the illusion that a tire had burst. The flight crew then used the power of the engine reversers to arrest the progress of the airliner, which served literally to fan the flames. When the aircraft finally turned off the runway and ground to a halt, the blaze was already intense. Aviation fuel spilled out of the wing tank and formed a flaming lake on the concrete. To further hamper the evacuation, the prevailling wind then fanned the flames towards the aircraft, burning into the passenger cabin within half a minute. (http://www.airdisaster.com/special/special-bakt28m.shtml).
The accident took the lives of 53 passengers and 2 crew. So today, take a moment, and let's remember those who died. Also, lets remember those who were affected by the disaster - the survivors, friends and family of those who died, and the people of the emergency services who attended the disaster.
God bless you all.
AF1981 LHR-CDG A380-800 10 July 2010 / AF1980 CDG-LHR A380-800 11 July 2010
trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2730 times:
Indeed that was a horrible disaster. I remember seeing it on the news back in Trinidad. May those who died always rest in peace.
Additionally, let us consider that the issues raised by the investigation into the mishap helped to improve the safety of aviation to the outstanding level we have today. some of the changes included the introduction of flame-retardent materials on seats, floor lighting to lead pasengers to emergency exits and improved access to exits by wider seat spacing on exit rows. Thought in this way, there was still a silver lining to the dark smoke clouds that emanated from the plane on that sad day.