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MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 9:42 am

On last Wednesday, 7 May 03, a Malaysia Airlines A333 9M-MKG's port side engine caught on fire 5 minutes after airborne. Returned to Kuching for an emergency landing which, was undoubtedly, was successful. It was operating from KCH-PER and arrival at PER was pushed back many hours, as witnessed by fellow forum member, Tsentsan.

I heard this from another forum member, Bhtchuo, who was coincidently at KCH at that moment (arrived in KCH on 9M-MKW A330-200) and he took many pictures. He said he is working on posting those pictures here.

We will hear from him soon.
 
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 11:26 am

Wow... must have been a sight! I hope those Malaysian Girls evacuated the pax from the aircraft quickly while still looking good in their carefully shaped coiffures and make up.
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 3:37 pm

Well, guess Ryanair!!! cares more about the 2nd part of what he posted ...

Wasn't there a similar MAS case a few month ago?
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 6:09 pm

The previous one involved a 777-200 whcih took off from PER and the port engine "kinda exploded". Damage was rather extensive.
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 6:50 pm

There have been quite a few of such engine failures for Malaysia Airlines - a company of Malaysian Airline System - owned by Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad - does not belong to any alliance as of yet- (this style of quoting is inspired by Singapore_Air) Big grin

The latest was an MH B772 that executed a high speed RTO at FRA following engine explosion-ish situation and failure while on take off roll.

Early that same day of that FRA incident, a B772 which was flying NRT-BKI-KUL had the same explosion-ish situation (common with their Trents?) 20 minutes after take off from Kota Kinabalu.

The one Ryanair!!! mentioned was at PER in 2001 (?)... I dont remember any other engine failure incidents for MH.


[Edited to add some ideas from Ryanair!!!]

[Edited 2003-05-12 12:06:14]
 
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 7:03 pm

Hahaha... Airbus Lover, I was actually thinking about a way to portray MAS a la S_A.

Malaysia Airlines Limited - not a member of a major alliance yet and saddled with blown out Trents.
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 7:11 pm

And I was on a MH A330 which when it landed at Changi a few months ago promptly stopped on the runway due to "problems with the engines". I mentioned it in an earlier post, but it was quite alarming being surrounded by fire engines whilst we just sat in the plane! Never did quite find out what went wrong specifically since the crew were not very forthcoming...

 
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 7:17 pm

OH yes BusinessFlyer, I certainly do remember that. You posted in the Trip Reports forum mentioning the "SQ A330" engine problems and I'd love to see SQ flying them one day!  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 8:56 pm

I know... becoming more forgetful as I get older... or maybe it is because both MH and SW are increasingly similar! Smile I know which one I think it is... but would upset certain members of this forum...
 
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 9:39 pm

And I am sure u mean SQ up there...

Don't worry, we all know MH is getting closer and closer  Big thumbs up Surprisingly, I heard they are doing nowhere near as bad as SQ is... neither is TG.
 
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 9:58 pm

AirbusLover...

Sorry... did mean SQ.... but the W is too close and I am already tired despite the fact that it is only Monday Smile!

As for MH... I am surprised that we do not see much adverse comment on MH's recent performance. I wonder whether this means that MH is managing to do quite well (especially as Malaysia is still seen as relatively SARS free) or whether it is because they have done a very good PR job? I was on a flight back from KL to SG on Good Friday night and the 737 I was on was quite empty which was a bit surprising but then I thought that it may because of the Bank Holiday... despite that fact that it was not an official holiday in My.

But do you have any idea how they are doing? I don't suppose you know how their debt refinancing is going do you?
 
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Mon May 12, 2003 10:36 pm

MH is not doing well at all on all flights to SG and SARS affected areas like HKG and have in fact suspended all PEN-SIN vv flights! And no doubt since you were flying KUL-SIN, do you expect decent loads?

Their SGN route was bad last month but picked up quite well now. I think they are doing generally well and I mean if they have even with good PR, they would still have to cancel many flights but they didn't.

Nonetheless, on many routes, even after reduction, MH just matched SQ so this again shows SQ's size pre-SARS.
 
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Tue May 13, 2003 12:37 am

I will be flying them again in June to Sydney from Singapore. I wonder if the holiday loads will fill up the planes. Just a point to note... there is usually a waiting list for SIN-KUL-SYD flights during the June holidays and those seats are booked solid for months in advance. However, I made the booking last week and what do you know... there were seats available! On both L and Q class! The travel agents even asked me to choose the return flights I wanted to be on!

However, the connection to the morning KUL-SYD flights (MH 133) is no longer possible as MAS has cancelled the first 2 morning flights from SIN-KUL.

Even on my return flight, I arrive in KUL at 0600H and there are no more flights to SIN, so I am booked on an SQ flight instead.
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Tue May 13, 2003 1:32 pm

Ryanair!!!

The recent cutbacks have really screwed up the SG/KL schedules. The early morning flights from Singapore to KL are now either before 7am or just before 9am. There is nothing at around 7am-7.45am which used to exist. This means that if you have a meeting at 9.30am, you have to take the 6.50am (I think that is the time)! Ruins my sleep... Smile!

And trying to get back in the evening at around 8-9pm is also now really difficult. I don't think there are any flights there anymore... which also really complicates things...

Ah well...
 
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Tue May 13, 2003 8:20 pm

Tell me about it! In fact, I do see a large amount of pax holding 2 boarding passes when I board the 737s in Singapore. That means many pax are actually connecting passengers transitting in KLIA. With all these morning flights cancelled, connections to many other cities will be affected as well including London (yikes!), Hongkong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Sydney, Melbourne... Not that the loads are very healthy to begin with!
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Tue May 13, 2003 8:32 pm

Ryan..

What dates r u onto Syd? I'll be in syd early june with (sadly) qantas.
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RE: MH A330-300 Emergency - Engine Fire

Tue May 13, 2003 8:38 pm

I am leaving on the evening of 4 Jun, and leave Syd on the evening of 8th. I couldn't even get myself on the afternoon flight out of Sydney because MAS has - you guessed it, cancelled some of their evening flights from KUL-SIN, thus screwing up my connection.

I was so looking forward to gawking at the Australian desert but looks like my flights over the great outback will be at night. So there goes...
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