A whole lot of you people here are being rediculous! And the media is just as bad too!
Ok, so the flight crew notices something irregular with an engine shortly after take-off.
Its SOP on any flight, especially a Trans-Pacific ETOPS flight to return if there is a problem. This is a complete non-event at this point. There are numerous diversions everyday of the week by any given airline on any given aircraft for any given fault on and given system.
Thus a fully loaded flight from NRT
is going to have to dump some fuel in order to land, again standard operating procedure.
Hard landing with a heavy A330 with reverse thrust not available.....again a standard procedure, but has the potential to heat up the brakes.
Thus, this would have been a complete non-event other than the airport crash and rescue was needed to cool down the brakes and landing gear and it is possible there may have been some flames, maybe not. Harding catching on fire though.
Now everyone is jumping to all sorts of crazy conclusions and placing the blame on:
3) Pratt & Whitney
Now all of you step back a sec..... and put the situation in perspective.
How are some of you already saying they need an engine change???? It could be something completely minor. This no way reflects on any of the above parties in a bad way. Its a little bit of dumb luck that this happened, but with any sort of equipment or machinery there is always a break-in period where there is a stastically higher probability of defects or problems, then it significantly decreases.
will likely do some creative scheduling with its aircraft availability out of NRT
to cover all the flights tomorrow. NRT
will go with some aircraft. Whether that means pulling it from another flight or using different equipment something will occur.
Its safe to say this has been blown way out of proportion by many people.