superbizzy73
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E-8C JSTAR Engine Failure on Ramp

Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:47 pm

Anyone know more information about this incident? Sounds like a pretty massive uncontained engine failure to damage 5 other aircraft. Hope all the Airmen in the area are ok.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... rs-444491/
 
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Re: E-8C JSTAR Engine Failure on Ramp

Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:10 am

Must have been a huge uncontained engine failure to damage 4 additional E-8s in addition to the one who's engine was being run.
 
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Balerit
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Re: E-8C JSTAR Engine Failure on Ramp

Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:11 am

Geez, these engines are usually bomb proof, must be a maintenance issue.
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Re: E-8C JSTAR Engine Failure on Ramp

Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:08 pm

They should maybe not do these runs in proximity to other airframes ? Or mix and match the parked aircraft so that you don't cripple several of a limited fleet ?
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Re: E-8C JSTAR Engine Failure on Ramp

Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:08 pm

Well that sucks. One third of the fleet down due to this. Hopefully no personell damage.
 
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Re: E-8C JSTAR Engine Failure on Ramp

Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:04 pm

Are there any pictures available of the damage? I tried a google search but to no reveal.
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Slug71
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Re: E-8C JSTAR Engine Failure on Ramp

Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:45 pm

No doubt there will be a big push to replace the E-8 fleet again.
 
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Re: E-8C JSTAR Engine Failure on Ramp

Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:53 pm

Aesma wrote:
They should maybe not do these runs in proximity to other airframes ? Or mix and match the parked aircraft so that you don't cripple several of a limited fleet ?


This was probably so far out in the risk register it was viewed as not worth going to the effort. After all, how often do engines have uncontained failures like this? My understanding is that after an overhaul or other maintenance the engine is put in a test cell and run through the paces to minimize the chance of something like this happening.

It'll be interesting to see if the USAF release the investigation results into this.

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