I came across this ATSB Accident and Incident Report. Quote: "Following take-off from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the crew of the B747-438 aircraft noticed a severe airframe jolt while conducting a climbing left turn. The cockpit instruments indicated that the number-1 engine exhaust gas temperature was rising through 900 degrees C. Passengers also reported flames emanating from the number-1 engine tailpipe.
The crew shut down the number-1 engine and returned the aircraft to LAX for a one- engine inoperative landing."
Maybe I'm comparing apples and oranges (unfortunately, I do not have a technical background) but this incident reminded me of what happened to BA recently (yes: the so-maniest thread regarding this subject).
However, my question is: is this incident similar at all to what happened to BA (supposing that, while still airborn, nobody could have exactly known what was going on inside that engine)? And if it was similar (and I think I read in Flight magazine that the BA744's troubled engine suffered an unusual rise in exhaust gas temp. as well), why did this crew make a different decision than BA's (ok, I realise I might be putting some oil on the fire here)?