Ozair
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RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag

Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:20 pm

RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag


An apparent engine failure has seen an RAAF EA-18G Growler catch fire after an aborted takeoff from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada on Saturday morning US time.

“Defence can confirm an incident involving an EA-18G Growler at Nellis Air Force Base during Exercise Red Flag. Royal Australian Air Force personnel are safe and no serious injuries have been sustained,” a Department of Defence statement released shortly before midday on Sunday (Australian time) confirmed.

“Defence is currently working with the United States Air Force to investigate and will provide an update with further details once known.”

The Growler’s crew, comprising a pilot and an electronic warfare officer, were able to exit the jet on the ground without ejecting.

http://australianaviation.com.au/2018/0 ... -incident/

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Doesn't look like it will be a write off but there will be a decent repair bill. I suppose good news it happened in the US where there is plenty of experience and workshops available to repair a SH.
 
pusserchef
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Re: RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag

Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:03 am

Im sure Boeing will be in on this investigation aswell.
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Re: RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag

Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:55 am

pusserchef wrote:
Im sure Boeing will be in on this investigation aswell.


Don't forget GE. ;)
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Re: RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag

Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:57 am

If it's determined that repair is possible NADEP at NAS North Island does have the capability.
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Ozair
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Re: RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag

Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:50 am

Looks like a right engine fire from the photo below. Damage is pretty extensive...

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RJMAZ
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Re: RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag

Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:25 am

The F-35 haters complain about its single engine.

It goes to show that a single engine failure can easily take out a twin engine combat jet.

Having two engines doubles the chance of failure. It would be interesting to see the percentage of single engine failures in twin engine jets that cause the aircraft to be unrepairable. If it was say 50% then with twice as many failures it cancels out and single Vs twin is dead even.
 
meecrob
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Re: RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag

Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:55 am

Someone smarter than me posted the figures about this in a different thread, but the general idea is that twin engined fighters shut an engine down at the slightest indication it might fail, vs. single engine fighters who need to run the engine to get them away from the proverbial smoking hole in the ground, and the failure rates come out pretty even given the different philosophies. Its not a fair comparison, but its the evidence we have.
 
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Re: RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag

Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:46 pm

Ozair wrote:
Looks like a right engine fire from the photo below. Damage is pretty extensive...


Ouch. This looks like a removal of the nose section grafted onto a new build wings and fuselage fix. Maybe.
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Ozair
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Re: RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag

Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:39 am

News reports are indicating that the EA-18G that crashed at Nellis has been deemed a total write-off. That now reduces the RAAF EA-18G fleet to eleven aircraft.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4SkiUlRP7s

There is talk of an attempt for compensation and legal action against Boeing but that may just be rumours. This earlier report http://australianaviation.com.au/2018/0 ... -incident/ indicated that an engine component failure was the likely cause of the crash. If so you would think the RAAF would have issues with GE and not Boeing but perhaps Boeing's position as the Prime is the reason.
 
bunumuring
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Re: RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag

Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:17 am

Hey guys,
Wonder if an attrition replacement will be ordered sooner rather than later? Makes sense to buy now rather than wait and risk the end of SH production...
Perhaps some kind of deal with Boeing may be in the works...?
Cheers
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