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A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Mon Sep 15, 2003 4:19 am

Whilst at LHR yesterday afternoon, G-VHOT (a VS 744) taxied (it was not connected to a tug) to a stand not connected to an airbridge and close to terminal 2’s car park. The aircraft was greeted by some maintainence people, who immediately opened its number 1 engine and began to work on it.

After about 1.5 hours, it was pushed back and subsequently taxied to 09R for departure.

10 or so minutes later, it departed.

I presume that this aircraft was loaded with passengers and taxied out for departure but then realised something was wrong with its engine, hence getting it fixed.

Where was –VHOT flying to?

Does anyone else have any info on this?
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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Mon Sep 15, 2003 4:36 am

I think it might have been VS003, routing LHR-JFK. Its departure time, scheduled at 1400, would suggest that it was.
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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Mon Sep 15, 2003 7:24 am

'twas infact the VS003 LHR-JFK. Departed 33 mins late then returned to stand with engine prob. A/c was loaded with pax who remained onboard whilst problem fixed.

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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Mon Sep 15, 2003 8:46 am

I have never seen a plane being fixed on the taxiway, mind you, some of the pax must have had a few heartbeats seeing engineers mingle around the engine.
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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Mon Sep 15, 2003 9:56 am

Yup, the VS003. Minor tech, and she was off. No further reported troubles.

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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Mon Sep 15, 2003 5:35 pm

"I have never seen a plane being fixed on the taxiway."

It wasn't on a taxiway - it was on a stand.

"Some of the pax must have had a few heartbeats seeing engineers mingle around the engine."

That's my feelings, too!
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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Mon Sep 15, 2003 6:37 pm

I've been in a 742 with ALL its engines getting serviced and yes it isn't that fun (can be less fun if the APU is off, so no cool air flow). In the case of this plane, I think it was a minor concern if it left soon after. I do remember reading a trip report recently about a BA 744 in Cairo with fuel tank problems and the passengers remained on board also while the ground crews sorted out the problems.
 
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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Mon Sep 15, 2003 6:59 pm

I have never seen a plane being fixed on the taxiway.

I have.... a United or American Airlines (not sure which) 767 or 777 (boy, today I'm being vague!  Big grin ) was in the departures queue at LHR on a very busy day. They discovered some sort of problem and told the tower, but they were locked in the queue and could not simply return to stand. So they asked for a company vehicle with maintenance engineers, which drove out to them and looked at the problem.

Can't quite remember whether they eventually had to return to stand via taxiing down the runway or could take off straight away.

Either way, I do remember watching the small van drive up to the plane and being quite intrigued. And the tower warning all the other planes that a van would drive by quite close...

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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Tue Sep 16, 2003 2:25 am

Whilst i was spotting at Heathrow last week i saw a Virgin Atlantic A340 taxi past the visitors centre (i'm not sure whether it was on a tug or not) to a stand near terminal one/two.

Could you clearly see "G-VHOT" at it's stand from the visitors centre?

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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Tue Sep 16, 2003 2:50 am

"Could you clearly see "G-VHOT" at it's stand from the visitors centre?"

No, because it would have been obscured by the terminals.

I was atop terminal 2's car park, virtually in front of which it was parked. With the aid of binoculars, you could easily see its registration.
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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Tue Sep 16, 2003 2:57 am

Been on a taxi-way twice while things fixed.

once on an easyjet 737 with a steering problem out of Luton (so we were kinda stuck on the taxi way!)

once on a Air 2000 757 out of Gatwick with an engine problem (after an aborted take off)

you've just got to remember that the people fixing it are professional, and the pilot wouldn't take off if he wasn't happy  Smile  Smile

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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Tue Sep 16, 2003 3:07 am

No, because it would have been obscured by the terminals.

I was atop terminal 2's car park, virtually in front of which it was parked. With the aid of binoculars, you could easily see its registration.


Ah, ok then. The A340-300 i saw parked on a stand which is sometimes occupied with El Al aircraft and is right next to T1/2

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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Tue Sep 16, 2003 3:17 am

On an AA 767 flight BOS->LHR, we waited at the gate while the ground crew changed a tire that "was due to be replaced"...

DeltaShuttle 727 BOS->LGA had ground crew working on 2 of the 3 engines trying to "get them started"...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

As far as I can see, these things happen routinely.
 
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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Wed Sep 17, 2003 12:06 am

"Ah, ok then. The A340-300 i saw parked on a stand which is sometimes occupied with El Al aircraft and is right next to T1/2"

That is stand 158. It's a remote stand that is just off the end of the Europier, next to the stand that El-AL uses. We sometimes get it for our tow off's when all the remote stands over by T3 and the firestation are full. It's a bit of a pain in the @$$ when we get that one, as it's so far away from where all our equipment is usually kept, it means having to take everything half way round the airport, just to bring back again a few hours later.

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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Wed Sep 17, 2003 1:08 am

about six weeks ago I saw a BA777 (G-ZZZ?) having difficulties at the hold point between 23 and 27R, it sat there for an hour and a half while various guys went in and out of the front wheel well and it then departed to wherever it was going. there is a pic in D/B of it as it spooled up for take off.


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RE: A Virgin 744 Had Engine Troubles Yesterday At LHR

Wed Sep 17, 2003 1:37 am

I was on a 727 at ORD-OKC way back when and we stopped on the taxiway and the pilot came on the intercom to tell us he thought we had a flat tire on the nose. He was calling Mx , there would be a 20 minute delay. Well needless to say the 20 minute delay turned into a 2 hour and 20 minute delay due to both tires being flat and Mx was going to have to borrow a tire from another airline. He said that after the plane was in the air drinks were going to be on the house, Well after about the first hour passed the Captain came on the intercom to inform us Mx had jacked up the plane so technically the plane was in the air and drinks would be served. The guy next to me was extremely nervous and sucked down four vodka's straight out of the bottles.
It did not occur to me later that if we left the gate with two good nose wheels and we were on the taxiway with two flats that we must have run over something along the way.
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