Gonzalo From Chile, joined Aug 2005, 1673 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 11363 times:
Phuket International is currently closed due to an incident where an AB A330 had an engine fire shortly after take off, and performed an emergency landing, apparently landed at or close to the MLW, since a lot ( or all ? ) tyres were blown upon landing.
Airport will remain closed until Dec. 21 05:00 LT ( Dec 20, 22:00 Zulu Time ).
RickNRoll From Afghanistan, joined Jan 2012, 476 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2983 times:
Quoting flyenthu (Reply 7):
Is this the first engine failure of this type for A330? I will be flying in one day after tomorrow. Do not like these news rights before a flight.
It's always hard to get the facts from news stories. It looks like the pilots earned their pay that day, but the A330 is designed to fly on one engine and it did so safely. The A330 is no more dangerous than any of the other major planes in the sky these days, so changing your flight to a different plane won't make you any safer than staying with the original one you booked. There is always a level of danger in flying, but the trip to the airport is more dangerous than the flight itself.
Roseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 8739 posts, RR: 52 Reply 11, posted (5 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2759 times:
Quoting flyenthu (Reply 7): Is this the first engine failure of this type for A330? I will be flying in one day after tomorrow. Do not like these news rights before a flight.
While not the first, it isn't necesarily a common problem. In order to maintain ETOPS operations, the airline has to have less than a threshold number of engine shutdowns in a year long period. The requirement is that an airline has less than 1 shutdown in 50,000 flight hours. Most airlines with strong maintenance programs have rates less than half of that.
On average, any given airplane (not airplane type, but serial number xxx delivered yyy) will have about 1 engine shutdown during its lifetime.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!