JohnJ
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Jet2 Incident At MAN July 18

Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:17 am

I was out at the Manchester Aviation Viewing Park yesterday (July 18) and within minutes of getting there I saw a bunch of emergency vehicles race out and stand by at the end of Runway 6R. About 20 minutes later a Jet2 757 landed and smoke began pouring from its main gear before it came to a halt near the end of the runway. It did not appear the engines went into reverse, and the main nose gear door was open as well. The plane sat out on the runway for more than an hour while its brakes cooled, and was finally towed into the terminal. During this period all arrivals and departures were handled on Runway 6L, which I understand is a bit unusual.

Anyone have any idea what happened?



[Edited 2006-07-19 19:45:37]
 
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RE: Jet2 Incident At MAN July 18

Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:34 am

No idea about the a/c, but yes it is unusual for 24L to be used for landing as it doesn't have an ILS, only a VOR/NDB approach is available (and visual of course). But it's really their only option if 24R is blocked (saving a/c divert).

If the WX is bad then the EGCC inbounds tend to divert to EGNM or EGNX. Not too far, but far enough to piss the pax off Big grin

I'm guessing the WX was fine though that day?
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JohnJ
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RE: Jet2 Incident At MAN July 18

Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:43 am

Yep, weather was gorgeous. The 757 cooling its heels on 6R was the reason all the traffic was using the left. Even after the 757 had been towed away 24R remained closed, and a lot of vehicles were seen cruising back and forth, leading me to believe there must have been some debris on the runway.

EDIT - Wrong runway referenced. Sorry 'bout that...

[Edited 2006-07-19 19:47:33]
 
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RE: Jet2 Incident At MAN July 18

Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:09 am

It may have been this aircraft:
Date: Tuesday 18 July 2006
Aircraft ID: G-LSAC
Aircraft Type: Boeing 757-23A
Airline/Operator/Owner: Jet2.com
Callsign ID: Channex 257
Arrival Time: 18:22
Departure Time: -
Comments: Leeds - Palma technical diversion

Not sure what the fault was though

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RE: Jet2 Incident At MAN July 18

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:15 am

If the gear doors were open, sounds like it could be a hydraulics prob and they had to gravity extened the gear. Not sure how that would affect the brakes though - maybe an alternate system was being used ??.

Good decision to divert to MAN though rather than go back to LBA and block the runway and close that airport.

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RE: Jet2 Incident At MAN July 18

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:45 am

This was in tonights Manchester Evening BNews (paper)

The aircraft had steering (nose gear) problems, hence why it couldn't vacate the runway.

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RE: Jet2 Incident At MAN July 18

Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:49 am

Thanks for the replies. Here's a shot of the plane, if you're interested. Shooting from the Viewing Park across all that tarmac in 35+ degree afternoon heat isn't likely to produce good results, so the shot is mediocre. But it gives you an idea of the situation.

http://airshots.homestead.com/files/jet2.jpg
 
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RE: Jet2 Incident At MAN July 18

Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:34 am

It was a hydraulic failure; therefore reverse inop and also loss of power to the landing gear doors (so they can't retract like they should).

Obviously in 30°C+ heat the brakes are going to warm up considerably without the usage of reverse (I imagine they used a high setting/manually braked firmly), so it's understandable that they smoked a little!

Quoting JohnJ (Reply 6):
Thanks for the replies. Here's a shot of the plane, if you're interested. Shooting from the Viewing Park across all that tarmac in 35+ degree afternoon heat isn't likely to produce good results, so the shot is mediocre. But it gives you an idea of the situation.

That is a very interesting photo.

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RE: Jet2 Incident At MAN July 18

Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:13 am

I can say that it wreaked havoc on ops at the time. BA had both a Gatwick and heathrow aircraft divert to Birmingham and Liverpool respectively. They also had another flight divert as well (think it was the Isle of Mann service). Luckily, we escaped with no real problems, but I sure felt sorry for the guys and gals working on the T3 Information Desk for BA. They were certainly getting their fair share of abuse!
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