TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51 Posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2781 times:
TWA investigates engines from five planes
7/18/01 4:48 PM
(KSDK) Five TWA flights have had to make emergency landings during the past week. The latest involved a flight this afternoon from Phoenix to St. Louis. It made an emergency landing in Wichita.
Yesterday a TWA Miami to New York flight had to turn around with engine problems. Miami-Dade police say nine vehicles on the ground were damaged by debris that fell out of the engine.
Last Sunday a San Jose to St. Louis flight had to turn around. That same flight #492 had a similar problem last Thursday. On July 11th, a St. Louis to Anchorage flight had to make an emergency landing in Omaha. The first four incidents were all MD-80 aircraft.
Jonas Brock and his wife were on last Sunday's flight.
"I've never experienced such an extreme emotional rush. You know kind of impending doom. But the atmosphere around there, there were some people crying, My wife and I just looked at each other in amazement. Like is this really going to happen? We thought it was for a while."
A spokesperson for TWA says the airline has no comment at the present time. The engines of all five planes are being sent to the airline's Kansas City maintenance facility for analysis. That could take a minimum of 30-days.
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See what happens when American takes them over!!!
Seriously though, I don't know what the industry's statistical average is for emergency landings, but this seems like quite a few in a short period of time. Anybody have any (intelligent) comments or information??
Skychuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2720 times:
coincidence. remember awhile back when DL had all those incidents? planes landing at the wrong airport, etc. and the string of US mishaps and accidents. i don't see it as anything to be alarmed about. we're talking about a highly professional airline, not some shoe-string start-up.
All I could think about when I read it was Chicken Little ("The sky is falling!")
Anyway, I'd much rather read about 5 emergency landings than 5 crashes. I think we hear much more about emergency landings these days simply because there are so many more planes in the sky than there were 10 or 15 years ago.
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2078 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2592 times:
5 in a couple of weeks, that is more than coincidence. TWA is no more, but when an airline loses money quarter after quarter, year after year, maintanence suffers. Remember when American traded their 747's to Pan Am for National's DC-10's. The planes were in such bad shape that American filed a lawsuit against Pan Am. United got two 747-2XX's from Pan Am that Pan Am had purchased used when UA got the LHR routes. The aircraft were being flown daily by Pan Am. United inspected the aircraft and immediately took them out of service. They later determined that there was so much corrosion that it was not economically feasible to fix them and the planes were never flown again.
When Eastern folded, how many of their DC-9's stayed in the desert? Delta purchased a few L-1011's and were they ever sorry. One of them had the rear pressure dome blow out of it. It could have been a tragedy like the JAL 747-46R that had the same thing happen after Boeing had repaired it after a tail strike.
It's also possible that TWA purchased, without knowing it, some counterfeit parts that found their way into these engines, or it could be just the tip of the ice berg with PW. With all the grounded 757's, PW has a lot of problems.