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BA038 G-YMMM Crash - Five Years Ago Jan. 18, 2013  
User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5015 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 13637 times:

Today marks 5 years since BA0038 crash landed in LHR due to lose of power in both her engines...

British Airways Flight 38 (call sign Speedbird 38) was a scheduled flight from Beijing Capital International Airport which crash landed just short of the runway at its destination, London Heathrow Airport, on 17 January 2008 after an 8,100-kilometre (4,400 nmi; 5,000 mi) flight. There were no fatalities but 47 people sustained injuries; one serious. The 150-tonne aircraft was the first Boeing 777 to be written off in the model's twelve-year history.

Has the B777 been listed as one of the safest twin engine aircraft flying today...

Where are the crew which operated BA0038... Hopefully awarded for their great professionalism...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXdzNX4yttU


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User currently offlineNYCAAer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 693 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 13579 times:

I can't believe it's been five years already. I believe it was the first officer who was at the controls, he's a hero for sure! I saw a documentary on BA 38, and he did an amazing job, with no loss of life nor major injuries to anyone on board. The captain, F/O and cabin service director were all given an award at a ceremony held by BA.

User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5015 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 13558 times:

Quoting NYCAAer (Reply 1):
I can't believe it's been five years already.

I can't believe it either until I was browsing the photo data base and stumbled across the photo...

EK413



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User currently offlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5853 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 13449 times:

Quoting EK413 (Thread starter):
Has the B777 been listed as one of the safest twin engine aircraft flying today...

The 777 is the safest commercial airliner flying today, of any nature, based on the number of flights without a fatal accident.

[Edited 2013-01-18 22:13:17]

User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5740 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 13302 times:

Quoting EK413 (Thread starter):
Hopefully awarded for their great professionalism...

IIRC, the Captain wound up taking a few years off because he felt that BA wasn't treating his post-traumatic stress correctly. He and BA did eventually "bury the hatchet" and he resumed flying.

Quoting EK413 (Thread starter):
Has the B777 been listed as one of the safest twin engine aircraft flying today...

  

In fact, the problem was not with the aircraft itself, but was an issue specific to the RR Trent 800s, where ice would form in the fuel/oil heat exchanger and clog the filter.



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User currently offlineLofty From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 13090 times:

Remember the day very well it was my first and only time the Emergency Line rang and it was "Aircraft Accident Evacuation down chutes in progress".

User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4359 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13004 times:

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 4):
In fact, the problem was not with the aircraft itself, but was an issue specific to the RR Trent 800s, where ice would form in the fuel/oil heat exchanger and clog the filter.

That makes it an aircraft problem, right? Boeing decided to hang these engines under their aircraft.

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 3):
The 777 is the safest commercial airliner flying today, of any nature, based on the number of flights without a fatal accident.

The Emb-135/145 family had made more flights and also never anyone on board these aircraft died. A statistical problem might be an Emb-135 clipped of a GOL 737 wing making it crash. Also the A-319 had more flights then the 777 but if seen as part of the A-320 family there have been crashes obviously.



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User currently offlinebueb0g From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2010, 674 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 12904 times:

Quoting NYCAAer (Reply 1):
I believe it was the first officer who was at the controls, he's a hero for sure! I saw a documentary on BA 38, and he did an amazing job

Correct - although the AP disconnect alarm (I don't blame them for not remembering to cancel it!) But don't forget the Captain's actions too, such as deciding to leave the FO in control so he could find a fix, and raising the flaps to extend the glide (AAIB confirmed reducing the flap setting extended the glide enough to miss the ILS attena, and possibly more).

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 4):
IIRC, the Captain wound up taking a few years off because he felt that BA wasn't treating his post-traumatic stress correctly. He and BA did eventually "bury the hatchet" and he resumed flying.

Yes, a happy end to a sad story. He didn't have a great time after the accident - as you said, he wasn't totally happy with BA's treatment (they probably underestimated the effects of the crash on the crew, seeing as there were no fatalities), and there were some fairly vicious rumours going around BA (apparently through the cabin crew mainly, and according to some, fuelled my management, but I don't see a motive for that) about how he "froze up" during the emergency and did nothing, and how he didn't make an evacuation order (both are untrue). After he left BA he looked for another job, but nobody would take him - he tried to get onto the 777 fleet with KAL and various middle eastern airlines, even going back to an FO if he had to, but a lot of these airlines have a "no accidents or incidents" rule on applying (which it totally ridiculous when it was absolutely known he did not cause he accident) and due to the high profile nature of BA038. (I guess if he'd widened his criteria he probably would have found a job, maybe not with a big prestigious carrier however). Happily in the end BA invited him back and he's flying 777s for them as we speak.

[Edited 2013-01-19 02:18:16]


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User currently offlinetraindoc From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 12857 times:

The engines are chosen by the airline, NOT Boeing. The fuel iced up due to -80 F temps during flight and the heat exchanger design (unique to RR) was unable to keep this from happening. My wife and I flew DEL-EWR a week after the accident and our routing took us over Russia and Scandinavia and the outside air temps were also below -80 F. This is coldest outside air temp that I can remember flying through. And I have flown over 2,500,000 miles so far.

User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5015 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 12772 times:

If the fuel lines freeze which improvements are preventing it from happening again... Preventive action taken by RR...?

EK413

[Edited 2013-01-19 02:55:06]


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User currently offlinetraindoc From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 12743 times:

To EK 413. RR did redesign the heat exchanger to better protect the fuel lines from the ultra cold temps at altitude. Neither GE or PW had the same design, nor the fuel icing problem. Sorry that I don't remember the source, but I followed the story extensively at the time as I had flown thru similar temps, but in a GE powered 777 a week later.

Traindoc


User currently offlineXT6Wagon From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 12626 times:

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 6):
That makes it an aircraft problem, right? Boeing decided to hang these engines under their aircraft.

Like others have said the heat exchangers were the problem in conditions that were exceptional. Two things changed because of this.

Higher throttle settings during decent if the 777 sees this extended extreme cold soak. Part of the reason for the crash was decent at idle until just before the airport, So it wasn't a loss of power but rather an inability to increase power. Higher throttle settings keep the fuel flow up and help prevent the slushing.

Then of course RR developed a new heat exchanger.


User currently offlineA320ajm From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 12581 times:

Having watched a few documentaries on this crash, and listened to the ATC recordings via a video on YouTube, I am always in awe of the professionalism and skill of the flight crew, cabin crew, the ATC controllers, Heathrow FRS and airport operations. To act that quickly and precisely in an extreme situation is amazing in my opinion. These are the people that should make the aviation industry proud to have  

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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13202 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 12515 times:

I wonder why this fuel icing issue with the RR engines didn't come out during testing prior to full manufacturing of this model and engine combination. If I am correct, wasn't there other problems with the 777's with certain engines that delayed it's EIS? I am quite sure 777 prototypes as well as almost all other aircraft, were thoroughly tested for operations in similar temperature and other conditions.

User currently offlinegoosebayguy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2009, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 12365 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 13):
I wonder why this fuel icing issue with the RR engines didn't come out during testing

Testing normally works well but in this instance the extreme temperature was not tested for. RR simply made the heat exchanger larger and that has done the trick. There has been no repeat of this since. The Trent engine is a great engine far lighter than any of the competition, these things happen no matter how we try to prevent them.


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12597 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11912 times:

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 3):
The 777 is the safest commercial airliner flying today, of any nature, based on the number of flights without a fatal accident.

An incredible record; when you look at the number of 707s, DC8s, 727s and others lost in their early days, it makes the comparison even more stark. I don't think ANY aircraft in history has reached 1,000+ in operation, without a fatal accident.

It'a a great aircraft, but of course, it was the crew on the day who made the difference. It could have been a very much less happy ending had they not performed as they did.

Always interesting to listen to this; LHR controllers are widely reckoned to be among the very best. Here's why:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJeEl0-1sjM


User currently offlineflightsimer From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11839 times:

Quoting goosebayguy (Reply 14):

IIRC, there was not one or two more incidents in the following or preceeding months with RR engines loosing thrust capabilities but regaining them eventually?



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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12597 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11406 times:

Quoting flightsimer (Reply 16):
IIRC, there was not one or two more incidents in the following or preceeding months with RR engines loosing thrust capabilities but regaining them eventually?

Yes, there was one involving a DL 777, but I think that was shortly afterwards.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11229 times:

Quoting traindoc (Reply 8):
The engines are chosen by the airline, NOT Boeing.

Nonsense. The manufacturer of the aircraft offers the limited choice in the first place, having developed those options with the engine manufacturer. The airline only chooses which one of those two or three types on offer suit them best.



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User currently offlineLCYFlyer From Germany, joined Oct 2007, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10944 times:

Wow, how time flies! Kudos to the crew of BA038 for the professional actions.
I was wondering why the APU inlet is open? Is it normal for the 777 to start the APU during approach or could the inlet have sprung open during the impact?



Cheers, Pierre
User currently offlineawthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 498 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 10207 times:

I observe that from the instant of the Mayday call (made by nearby taxiing BA95 observer) the services can be seen on their way within 25 seconds, with the larger fire tenders arriving at the scene in 1 minute 34 seconds! This is fast !!!

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26021 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 9984 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 15):
I don't think ANY aircraft in history has reached 1,000+ in operation, without a fatal accident.

The Embraer E-Jet family (170/175/190/195) is over 900 with only one fatal accident (in China)which appears to have had nothing to do with the aircraft, and also have to consider the many more sectors flown in shorthaul service..


User currently offlinebueb0g From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2010, 674 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 9900 times:

Quoting awthompson (Reply 20):
I observe that from the instant of the Mayday call (made by nearby taxiing BA95 observer)

The mayday call was made by Captain Burkill of BA038, 2 seconds before it crashed, not by a nearby observer. He got the callsign wrong because that's the emergency callsign BA use in the sims.



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User currently offlinetimboflier215 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1344 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 9760 times:

Quoting bueb0g (Reply 22):

Exactly - shows just how much training becomes ingrained and takes over in an emergency. Perfect response by everyone at LHR that day - but you'd expect that, considering everything has to run perfectly just to keep the operation on its feet.


User currently offlineawthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 498 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 9330 times:

Quoting bueb0g (Reply 22):
The mayday call was made by Captain Burkill of BA038, 2 seconds before it crashed, not by a nearby observer. He got the callsign wrong because that's the emergency callsign BA use in the sims.

I didn't have the facts there, just taking it for granted, especially since he said it twice. Thanks for the correction.


User currently offlinechuchoteur From France, joined Sep 2006, 774 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 9930 times:

Actually, I wonder how that tower controller coped after that accident. He was picture perfect in his handling of the situation, dispatching emergency vehicles, holding and vectoring all his aircraft as well. He doesn't really stop for about 5 minutes.

User currently onlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 981 posts, RR: 18
Reply 26, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 9525 times:
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Documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXdzNX4yttU answers most of the questions you guys are asking. It's worth watching this 50-minute video.


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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5015 posts, RR: 4
Reply 27, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 9508 times:

The crash investigators discovered foreign objects in the fuel tanks which probably ended up in the tanks when the aircraft was build...?

I guess this insistent allowed Boeing and the engine manufacturers to make necessary changes to make flying safer too...

EK413



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User currently offlinejetmech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2699 posts, RR: 53
Reply 28, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7817 times:

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 4):
where ice would form in the fuel/oil heat exchanger and clog the filter.
Quoting traindoc (Reply 8):
heat exchanger design (unique to RR) was unable to keep this from happening
Quoting traindoc (Reply 10):
Neither GE or PW had the same design, nor the fuel icing problem.

Interestingly, the RB211 had its FCOC / FOHE located on the fan case; whereas the CF6 and JT9 had theirs located on the core of the engine, which is much hotter. As far as I can tell, the Trent 800, GE90 and P&W 4000 share broadly the same architecture as their predecessors; thus, the FCOC / FOHE on the Trent 800 may have a harder task preventing ice accumulation compared to the other B777 engine options.

Regards, JetMech

[Edited 2013-01-19 21:17:11]


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User currently offlineNorcal773 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1451 posts, RR: 12
Reply 29, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7759 times:

Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 26):
Documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXdzNX4yttU answers most of the questions you guys are asking. It's worth watching this 50-minute video.

That's a VERY interesting documentary- I watched all of it and Thanks for sharing. I knew Speedbird 38 was doomed by ice but I didn't know how.



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User currently offlineFlyingfox27 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 30, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7647 times:

That was such a lucky crash landing in a way, if it went wrong then our favourite plave at Myrtle Avenue would have been no longer available plus many casualties. Well done Burkill and Coward and all the ATC and Fure services that day.

Interestingly i have noticed that BA38 is now operated by a 747-400, is that just equipment change due to demand or BA not wanting to use a 777 on that route again just wondered?


User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5015 posts, RR: 4
Reply 31, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7473 times:

Quoting Norcal773 (Reply 29):
That's a VERY interesting documentary- I watched all of it and Thanks for sharing. I knew Speedbird 38 was doomed by ice but I didn't know how.

That makes 2 of us... Just shows the crew are very well trained for every situation...

EK413



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User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 3020 posts, RR: 2
Reply 32, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7390 times:

Quoting Flyingfox27 (Reply 30):
Interestingly i have noticed that BA38 is now operated by a 747-400, is that just equipment change due to demand or BA not wanting to use a 777 on that route again just wondered?

I don't think it became a 744 until the winter schedule change 9-10 months later, so I'd say it was probaly about growth on the route. They could have made the change for the summer schedule in April if it was about the 777.


User currently offline1400mph From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2013, 1075 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7147 times:

I know it's daft but I feel sorry for the plane.

Such a magnificent machine carted off to the knackers yard in her prime !!

Well done to all involved at the time though.


User currently offlineDarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1412 posts, RR: 3
Reply 34, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7103 times:

Quoting EK413 (Thread starter):
The 150-tonne aircraft was the first Boeing 777 to be written off in the model's twelve-year history.

I think Varig had one scrapped out prior to this.

Early 777-200 To Be Broken-Up For The First Time (by Leelaw Nov 15 2006 in Civil Aviation)

http://www.planespotters.net/Product...200/index.php?sort=status&dir=desc

Looks like maybe one was broken up in 2006. If so, this would also appear to be a former BA machine...



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User currently offlinetonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1448 posts, RR: 2
Reply 35, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6987 times:

Quoting bueb0g (Reply 7):
vicious rumours going around BA (apparently through the cabin crew mainly, and according to some, fuelled my management, but I don't see a motive for that) about how he "froze up" during the emergency and did nothing, and how he didn't make an evacuation order (both are untrue)

Think it's a little unfair to single out the cabin crew community in this one. I personally heard the "rumours" myself but always from flight crew or ground staff. Fortunately I am happy to know a number of the crew on that flight and heard just how much they all admired the pilots on that day for what they did and therefore I would not get involved in hearsay regardless of whoever has motive! If it was management well we all know how much they love divide and conquer tactics!

As for the cabin crew, most are still flying however there is still a number who never returned due to ongoing health issues which I won't discuss here but alas it would appear support by the company is somewhat lacking for these individuals!



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User currently offlinebueb0g From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2010, 674 posts, RR: 0
Reply 36, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6867 times:

Quoting tonystan (Reply 35):
Think it's a little unfair to single out the cabin crew community in this one.

Yeah, I felt that as I was writing it, but that's the story I heard. I'm sure most of it was overblown anyway. Didn't mean to slander BA's cabin crew in any way. Needless to say, the rumours were formulated by people well removed from that flight.



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User currently offlineDTWPurserBoy From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 1796 posts, RR: 7
Reply 37, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6831 times:

I recall seeing the airframe outside the BA hangar complex for many months as it was stripped of all usable parts. It also had been painted all white (like no one would know whose airplane it was!) before it was finally scrapped.

It is always sad to see a fine machine torn apart like that even when it is at the end of its useful life.



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User currently offlineNorcal773 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1451 posts, RR: 12
Reply 38, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6599 times:

Quoting DTWPurserBoy (Reply 37):

I recall seeing the airframe outside the BA hangar complex for many months as it was stripped of all usable parts. It also had been painted all white (like no one would know whose airplane it was!) before it was finally scrapped.

When you really think about it, more than 90% of people flying into Heathrow most probably didn't know what was up with the plane after it happened so smart move for BA to paint it all white.



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User currently onlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7739 posts, RR: 17
Reply 39, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6432 times:

Quoting 1400mph (Reply 33):
I know it's daft but I feel sorry for the plane.Such a magnificent machine carted off to the knackers yard in her prime !!

There is life after death.

The pilot of BA038, Capt Burkill visited the BA 777 Simulator at Cranebank, Cranford (near Heathrow) before rejoining BA in November 2010. He reported that this simulator was the flight deck of G-YMMM including its seats.

Here I quote Reply 22 by DeltaCaptain747 from this thread

Whats The Fate Of The Crashed B777 Of BA At LHR (by vegasdude Jan 10 2011 in Civil Aviation)?threadid=5032559&searchid=5034005&s=burkill#ID5034005

in full:

"Most of the cockpit section is used as a simulator at Cranebank. This is a quote from part of an e-mail I received from Captain Peter Burkill "I start back with BA in Nov, and I must say I am excited at starting work again after so long out of the seat. I visited Cranebank last week to sort out a few admin bits, and was shown the 'new' (to me anyway) 777 fixed based sim, which I will spend some time in in Nov, and ssaw that most of it is made up of 'MMMs' flight deck, including the seats!!"


User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 40, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6108 times:

He got the callsign wrong as BA095 was his next flight I believe. His book is eye opening. He got his old place on the seniority list back when he was welcomed back to BA, unprecedented but with the support of colleagues.

User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 41, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 5932 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 13):
I wonder why this fuel icing issue with the RR engines didn't come out during testing prior to full manufacturing of this model and engine combination.

It took a very specific combination of water in the fuel, flight profile, and temperature to make the situation happen. Until this event, nobody knew that this was a possible failure mode so it wasn't explicitly tested ever before. Thousands of 777 flights had taken place in very similar, but not exactly the same, conditions without ever discovering this failure mode.

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 13):
If I am correct, wasn't there other problems with the 777's with certain engines that delayed it's EIS?

Yes, although they didn't have anything to do with fuel line icing. I don't think they actually delayed EIS, but they did make it rockier.

Tom.


User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5015 posts, RR: 4
Reply 42, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 5729 times:

I didn't realize G-YMMM was so young delivered to BA in 2001...


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User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3410 posts, RR: 9
Reply 43, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5248 times:

Quoting goosebayguy (Reply 14):
Testing normally works well but in this instance the extreme temperature was not tested for.

There were no extreme temperatures encountered on the course of this flight or any of the previous ones that this aircraft flew.

What caused this was ice that was actually in the plastic range where its sticky (- 20 deg C to - 8) and thus stuck to the fuel lines. On final there was turbulence that required enough of an increase in thrust to clog the fuel-oil heat exchanger with ice.

A similar thing happened on a DL 777 flying PVG-ATL but that happened in cruise and the engine was able to recover as the ice will melt over time. Unfortunately for BA 038 this happened on final and there was no time available for the plane to recover.



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User currently offlineLH707330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 44, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5225 times:

I remember going through LHR a few weeks later and seeing G-YMMM in the mx area and pointing out the importance to my friends, none of whom were particularly interested after our 10-hour flight from SFO...

User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5015 posts, RR: 4
Reply 45, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5161 times:

Quoting LH707330 (Reply 44):
I remember going through LHR a few weeks later and seeing G-YMMM in the mx area and pointing out the importance to my friends, none of whom were particularly interested after our 10-hour flight from SFO...

& had they been on the flight I'm sure their interests would've been far more different...

EK413



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User currently offlinevegas005 From Switzerland, joined Mar 2005, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 46, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5107 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 40):
He got the callsign wrong as BA095 was his next flight I believe.

Call sign BA95 is used in training and in a moment of stress he reverted to his many hours of simulator training.


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12597 posts, RR: 34
Reply 47, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4754 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 39):
He reported that this simulator was the flight deck of G-YMMM including its seats.

That would have been a cockpit procedures trainer rather than a simulator (I always associate the word "simulator" with a full axis of movement machine, designed to simulate flight conditions, not just the cockpit).

I'm really glad that Capt. Burkill managed to get back to BA with his old seniority number. He's 48 now, I guess, so still many years of flying ahead of him.


User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 48, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4624 times:

Quoting vegas005 (Reply 46):
Call sign BA95 is used in training and in a moment of stress he reverted to his many hours of simulator training.

I was taking what he said in his book at face value, he explained BA095 was his next leg and he had been doing some prep in the downtime on BA038. I may be going mad and making that up though....


User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 6
Reply 49, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4598 times:

Quoting traindoc (Reply 8):
The engines are chosen by the airline, NOT Boeing.
Quoting RussianJet (Reply 18):
Nonsense. The manufacturer of the aircraft offers the limited choice in the first place, having developed those options with the engine manufacturer. The airline only chooses which one of those two or three types on offer suit them best

It's a bit pedantic but I have to go with RussianJet on this one. Yes, the airline chooses its engine manufacturer and seat layout, etc., but their choice is very limited. The airplane manufacturer designs its planes around the available engines and vice versa. It's not like the airline can say "Nah, I don't like those engine choices, I'm going with Manufacturer X!" In the case of BA, they have historically chosen RR engines for their aircraft, when available. It maybe largely poltical but it wouldn't look great for your country's flag carrier (sorry VS) to hang foreign jets under their planes when domestically made engines are available. It is, of course, in RR's best interest to have BA around as a long-term customer too.

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 34):
I think Varig had one scrapped out prior to this.

Varig's B777 was scrapped, yes, but BA's was the first B777 to be written-off. Two different things. If BA038 had never happened, G-YMMM would still be flying around BA's network.



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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9545 posts, RR: 42
Reply 50, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days ago) and read 4474 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 48):
I may be going mad and making that up though....

I don't think you are...

www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/ge...ral_aviation/read.main/4750929/#37


User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 51, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4392 times:

Quoting richierich (Reply 49):
In the case of BA, they have historically chosen RR engines for their aircraft, when available.

It did cause a big old hooha whent they chose GE90s for the first B777s !


User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 6
Reply 52, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4107 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 51):
It did cause a big old hooha whent they chose GE90s for the first B777s !

Were the RR engines available at the time BA made this selection?



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2694 posts, RR: 5
Reply 53, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4067 times:
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Quoting richierich (Reply 52):
Were the RR engines available at the time BA made this selection?

Yes, they were. All of GE, PW and RR engines were available for selection by airlines when the 777 program was launched.



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User currently onlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7739 posts, RR: 17
Reply 54, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4038 times:

Quoting richierich (Reply 52):
Were the RR engines available at the time BA made this selection?

Yes. But the deal between BA and GE for the engines on BA's early 772s was complex. It also included the sale of BA's engine overaul facility at Treforest in South Wales to GE.


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