ben
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Balkan 737 Incident At LGW Today (Sun 11 May)

Mon May 12, 2003 3:05 am

My girlfriend just got off the regular Balkan 495 flight Sofia-London Gatwick this morning. I'll re-tell what she told me:

Apparently, the captain announced that there was a "problem with the wings" about half an hour before arrival and they would be making an emergency landing at LGW.

The passengers were all taken through the safety briefing again and children were re-located away from the emergency exit rows, the cabin was secured and everyone told to be in the brace position.

After a "very smooth landing" (!) and a "much louder than normal" reverse thrust, the aircraft was surrounded by fire engines and the passengers were taken off at a remote stand (or where the aircraft stopped).

She showed me the film from her video recorder... I saw the outer left hand main tyre completely shredded with some damage to the landing gear and possibly the other left hand tyre, but I couldnt be sure because the quality of the video wasnt great. Fire engines and police everywhere.

The 737 was one of the ex-Lufthansa ones (possibly LZ-BOG but I didnt get a very good look at the registration).

Does anyone know more about this incident?

She is aviation illiterate so I guess it was a problem with the spoilers or flaps, the louder reverse thrust was simply a full reverse instead of an idle reverse that she is used to, and the tyre damage? No idea.

Any more information would be appreciated!

Thanks,

Ben.
 
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RE: Balkan 737 Incident At LGW Today (Sun 11 May)

Mon May 12, 2003 3:49 am

We once blew a tyre on takeoff. The pilot did not feel anything and neither did I on the front FA jumpseat. But the tower told lus that he saw something drop from the aircraft during climb out. We did a couple of low fly-bys and it was confirmed that we had blown a tyre. Since a 737 cannot dump fuel and we were heavy, we circled for some 50 minutes to shed enough weight to land. After landing we found the inboard flap and the under wing in the immediate vicinity of the blown tyre badly dented. The landing was however uneventful.
 
ben
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RE: Balkan 737 Incident At LGW Today (Sun 11 May)

Mon May 12, 2003 5:32 pm

Just in case anyone is interested, I just found this report on www.bta.bg, the main government news source:

"Bulgaria Air plane with 115 passengers on board performs
emergency landing in London," "Standart News" reports in its
leading story. Passengers prayed for their lives for 30 minutes
while the plane circled over London, this daily writes, adding
that the crew showed high professionalism and prevented a
technical failure from causing a crash. No one was injured,
according to "Novinar".



I'd still like to know more about the incident without all the media BS.
 
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RE: Balkan 737 Incident At LGW Today (Sun 11 May)

Mon May 12, 2003 8:32 pm

Typical media sensationalism ! Same as happened in the case of my flight.

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