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Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 12:42 pm

United flight 221 caught fire on takeoff roll this afternoon at IAD. The a/c aborted take off and evacuated on the runway. The airport was shut down for an hour or so while they worked to clean up the runway. Not too sure what runway they were using, I would think the 19's...but again, not sure. And I dont know the exact a/c type, just that it was an Airbus. Many diversions and disrupted flights. (We were lucky enough to get a United 767 at RIC)
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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 12:45 pm

Any news coverage?

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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 12:48 pm

United's website shows that UA221 was an A319 bound for LAX. It departed on time, but is currently inflight and 4 hours late because of "aircraft servicing".
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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 12:50 pm

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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 12:51 pm

havent tried looking for a news link yet. I just got home from work. I will do my best to try and find a link...

nevermind, Mark found one

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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:19 pm

Quoting Brick (Reply 2):
United's website shows that UA221 was an A319 bound for LAX. It departed on time, but is currently inflight and 4 hours late because of "aircraft servicing".

So did they use another a/c, then? I mean, I'd imagine so if there was an engine fire, but I'd like to know where the replacing equipment came from.

Also, does UA have any other departures to LAX in the timeframe between the incident and the delayed departure? If so, would/were passengers (be) rescheduled onto it, space permitting?

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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:53 pm

I can tell you EVERYTHING was sold out and oversold pretty much everywhere in the United system today. We have a Trans States flight that comes from IAD to make up our ORD departure and the inbound was late. And trying to rebook people was a nightmare. Start of the 2nd spring break...
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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:18 pm

Quoting Andoo (Thread starter):
United flight 221 caught fire on takeoff roll this afternoon at IAD. The a/c aborted take off and evacuated on the runway. The airport was shut down for an hour or so while they worked to clean up the runway. Not too sure what runway they were using, I would think the 19's...but again, not sure. And I dont know the exact a/c type, just that it was an Airbus. Many diversions and disrupted flights. (We were lucky enough to get a United 767 at RIC)

I was out on RWY 30 today with this aircraft. Let me correct some of these statements. First of all it happened on RWY 30 which is used for departures only in a North operation (which IAD was using at the time). The aircraft was an A319. As takeoff thrust was applied there was a boom sound from the No 1. engine and an engine fire indication in the cockpit. The crew deployed the suppression and called for an evacuation. Pax were evacuated (via the slides) onto RWY 30 and eventually picked up by mobile lounges. There were no reported injuries to any passengers. After talking with some parties on the scene, I was not able to find anyone who actually saw flames. The CFR trucks did roll and foamed the whole area left of the aircraft.

An aircraft was substituted, and the flight left a few hours later. IAD was never shutdown, but they did lose the ability to take arrivals on 1L for about 1.5 hours due to the position of the disabled aircraft (near the 1R threshold). So from about 1500L-1630L (the busiest arrival demand time at IAD) IAD only had one arrival runway (1R).

I have some great pictures of the incident, but will not post them, due to possible legal issues and the fact it could get me fired! There were many people on the scene taking pictures, maybe one of them can take the credit and post them...

P.S. I wasn't going to start a thread on this subject, but wanted to clarify some facts.

[Edited 2006-04-10 07:19:37]
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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:30 pm

Quoting RDUDDJI (Reply 7):
Pax were evacuated (via the slides)

RDUDDJI, do you know if anyone evacuated using the right over-wing slide? I'm always worried that the passengers at the "self-help" exits won't open them during an evacuation...
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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:38 pm

Quoting MarkHKG (Reply 8):
RDUDDJI, do you know if anyone evacuated using the right over-wing slide? I'm always worried that the passengers at the "self-help" exits won't open them during an evacuation...

I didn't actually see the evacuation, but the right overwing slide was deployed and it was a full flight (so I'd assume it was used). Furthermore, the aircraft was fully evacuated in under one minute, using only half of the emgcy exits...which is impressive in a real-life scenario. (Yes, I know the A380 did it in 90 or so seconds...but they all knew they were going to evac; in real-life, it's much different). Both pilots deployed their emgcy descent ropes, but ended up using the slides instead.

Before today, I never knew the A32x family overwing slides deploy with fences to keep pax from walking (falling) further onto the wing...
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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 3:18 pm

Yes, the B757 and 767 overwing exits also have that "fence", albeit not bright orange.

Congrats to the crew for a fast evac.
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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 3:24 pm

Quoting MarkHKG (Reply 10):
Yes, the B757 and 767 overwing exits also have that "fence", albeit not bright orange.

Actually, the slides were grey on this aircraft... BTW this was UA's second Airbus delivered...
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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 3:35 pm

The passenger side of the "wall" (i.e. the side facing the windows) is bright orange although the rest of it is gray... pretty High-Viz color.  Smile I think I can find a picture if you're interested.
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RE: Aircraft Engine Fire At IAD Today

Mon Apr 10, 2006 10:17 pm

Thanks for the info RDUDDJI. We had to go with what the 767 captain told us after he diverted into RIC, and obviously he wasnt there to see it. Very interesting to hear all that actually happened.
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