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A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:17 am

Hi, I was with some fellow spotters this afternoon. There was nothing special. When suddenly a fellow spotter noticed a fuel leak coming out from the right wing of Nouvelair A320 TS-INB that was taxiing to take-off. The aircraft made a 180° and stopped just in front of us. The pilot shutted down the engines and soon the firefighters came and spreaded foam over the fuel. The passengers were deplaned. Here are some pictures I've taken during the incident.

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_1.jpg

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_2.jpg

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_3.jpg

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_4.jpg

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_5.jpg

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_6.jpg

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_7.jpg

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_8.jpg

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_9.jpg

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_10.jpg

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_11.jpg

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_12.jpg
There was even an ambulance to take a guy (maybe shocked?)

http://www.alphafloor.net/aviation/images/A320-nouvelair-ts-inb_13.jpg

This is the second Nouvelair incident I saw in less than a month here in GVA!!


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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:25 am

One word !!!

E X C E L L E N T !!!
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:26 am

Very impressive pictues -excellent quality !
Thanks for sharing -any known reason for the leak?
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:28 am

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 2):
Thanks for sharing -any known reason for the leak?

I don't have any info right now. It happened two hours ago.
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:28 am

 bigthumbsup  Great pics!
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:28 am

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 2):
Very impressive pictues -excellent quality !
Thanks for sharing

- I second that!
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:19 am

Compliments for the pics! Excellent work!
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:58 am

Nice pics, alphafloor. Thanks for sharing

I'm not an expert on A320, but could the fuel be leaking out of the fuel jettison thing? If I'm correct, it is located at approximately the place where the fuel is leaking from.

could some expert comment?
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:02 am

And how come the fuel stopped flowing while the fire dudes were there?
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:15 am

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 7):
I'm not an expert on A320, but could the fuel be leaking out of the fuel jettison thing?

I think the A320 do not has a jettison.

Quoting BOAC707 (Reply 8):
And how come the fuel stopped flowing while the fire dudes were there?

I'm not sure about it. The fact is that the wing was leaking at least during 5mn.
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:26 am

Not to take anything away from the pictures, they are excellent. But IMO, the rescue crews took unnecessary measures dealing with the fuel. Maybe things are done differently in other parts of the world, but when I saw the first pic of the ARFF crews dousing the fuel with foam, my first reaction was, "why the hell are they doing that?" Many of you know that jet fuel in this type of state is rather stable, so IMO, this was an unnecessary action. Not to mention the fact that they probably freaked the hell out of some of the passengers.

Quoting Alphafloor (Reply 9):
I'm not an expert on A320, but could the fuel be leaking out of the fuel jettison thing?

I think the A320 do not has a jettison.

Most narrow bodies don't have jettison capabilities. Usually, fuel leaking from this location is coming from an overflow valve. Fuel will come out of these valves when it's either faulty (obviously) or in an overflow situation. I've seen this numerous times during fueling operations where there has been a capacity miscalculation or the wrong switched was turned on/off..
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:30 am

Quoting BOAC707 (Reply 8):
And how come the fuel stopped flowing while the fire dudes were there?

Im no techno freak, but would it be because the Pilot turned off the engines and most likely stopped the fuel from going to that part of the aircraft?

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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:31 am

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 10):
But IMO, the rescue crews took unnecessary measures dealing with the fuel. Maybe things are done differently in other parts of the world, but when I saw the first pic of the ARFF crews dousing the fuel with foam, my first reaction was, "why the hell are they doing that?" Many of you know that jet fuel in this type of state is rather stable, so IMO, this was an unnecessary action. Not to mention the fact that they probably freaked the hell out of some of the passengers.

I cannot agree more with you. That was also our opinion while watching the scene. Plus it was 8°C !

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 10):
I've seen this numerous times during fueling operations where there has been a capacity miscalculation or the wrong switched was turned on/off..

I understand. But why this happened during taxi and not before ?
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:33 am

btw, I can imagine the mess the foam would have done to the engine !...
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:48 am

Quoting Alphafloor (Reply 12):
I've seen this numerous times during fueling operations where there has been a capacity miscalculation or the wrong switched was turned on/off..

I understand. But why this happened during taxi and not before ?

Maybe a fuel transfer didn't go according to plan?
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:14 am

Truely amazing pictures.
When you called me I would have never iamgined it was like that

Quoting Alphafloor (Thread starter):
This is the second Nouvelair incident I saw in less than a month here in GVA!!

I bet they'll end up being banned !
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:16 am

Quoting Alphafloor (Reply 12):
I cannot agree more with you. That was also our opinion while watching the scene. Plus it was 8°C !

they may still have in head the fuel trail that bruce willis burned in die hard two after he opened the fuel inlet !
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:17 am

Thats what I thought RootsAir (how are you BTW?)

My pics show the same things, I'm the one that spotted it leaking originally.

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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:54 am

Great pictures! My guess for the leak is a fuel transfer mix up or a stuck vent valve. I would think the crew transfered fuel to the left wing or possibly a fuselage tank, stopping the leak. I agree, the firefighters might have gone a little overboard, but there's nothing wrong to err on the side of safety. Plus, those guys don't get to play with the foam all to often. Let them have their fun. I'm sure a good announcement to the pax from the crew would calm most, if not all, fears.  spin 
 
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:08 am

Quoting BA777 (Reply 17):
Thats what I thought RootsAir (how are you BTW?)

My pics show the same things, I'm the one that spotted it leaking originally.

Henry

Hi Henry,

Alejandro told me you were the first one to notice!
I'm doing fine thanks. hope you arrived home well. Sorry if I couldn't make it. I had quite a lot to study and I wanted to get abit ahead given that I'm in BCN meet next week.
Have you already uploaded your pics into the database?
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:10 am

very beautiful photo

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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:11 am

Is it me or did they get foam in the engine? If so that was a very expensive over reaction! Foam yes but - and I could be wrong - I can't imagine the protocol is to foam the engine. I'd hate to have to pay the bill to clean that up.

Of course had the situation gone south and they'd exercised restraint, the airmchaire fireman, like us, would have been all over them for holding back.
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:23 am

Quoting Flylku (Reply 21):
I'd hate to have to pay the bill to clean that up.

I don't think the engine will be damaged. The foam consists of 99.9 % water, and Jet-engines can withstand quite some things.

I once saw a catering truck losing a hydraulic line, spraying approx. 50 liters into an A340 engine. After consulting the engine manufacter, they started up the engine, and it was running fine.

I think the Fire-brigade did the right thing. No need to take the chance, even though it's one in a million.

Cheers
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:33 am

Great pics!! lucky you....

Good job from the fire department, any idea how hot that engine was?? sure
jet fuel is more or less stable, however vapours occur...... a spark or hot heat source and sh.. will fly.

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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:07 am

EXCELLENT! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos from such a rarely seen incident!
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:46 am

Quoting Alphafloor (Reply 9):

I think the A320 do not has a jettison.

It's an optional feature, IIRC.

Great pics. Is the plane still @ GVA and if so where?
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:59 am

Thats what you call in on the action.. great pics.
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:01 am

Quoting Piercey (Reply 25):
Great pics. Is the plane still @ GVA and if so where?

Thanks for the compliments, but honestly it was an easy task as the aircraft stopped right in front of us. The plane is still in GVA, I'll call tomorrow to some insiders to gather some more informations about what happened. If somebody else has informations don't hesitate to post.
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:01 am

great pics! why would a guy need to go to hospital though?
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:04 am

btw, some extra pictures of the firefighters are available on my own website They are on the bottom of the page.
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:21 am

Vacan! Nice shots. La cago. Good photographs.  praise 
 
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:54 am

Holy Schnikes! Thar she blows! Like an upside-down geyser of kerosene! I watched a UPS MD-11's #3 engine do some sort of a mini-surge or stall when thrust reversers were deployed, and I didn't have a camera with me. You lucky duck!!
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:59 am

Woah  eek 

Thankfully it was noticed before the bird took off.

A job well done, and great pics too Big grin


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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:24 pm

WOW...

That's what i call being the right place at the right time!

Thanks for sharing the pics.

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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:01 pm

Quoting Alphafloor (Reply 27):
Thanks for the compliments, but honestly it was an easy task as the aircraft stopped right in front of us.

I know, but the quality was very nice and you were at the right place at the right time and took some shots. Both deserve a compliment.

Quoting HighFlyer9790 (Reply 28):
great pics! why would a guy need to go to hospital though?

Older guy with fragile heart, sees fire trucks spraying foam onto the plane...
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:30 pm

Really nice photos, This is gonna sound crazy but when i first saw the first one it looks like an high quality aircraft from Flight Simualtor, Must go to show how well Micrisoft Are doing with the game lol.
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:34 pm

Wan't it also Nouvelair who had an ATR crah into the sea because they had no fuel?
 
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:39 pm

Quoting Semsem (Reply 36):
Wan't it also Nouvelair who had an ATR crah into the sea because they had no fuel?

No, it was Tuninter (fron Tunisia)
 
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:42 pm

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 10):
Not to take anything away from the pictures, they are excellent. But IMO, the rescue crews took unnecessary measures dealing with the fuel. Maybe things are done differently in other parts of the world, but when I saw the first pic of the ARFF crews dousing the fuel with foam, my first reaction was, "why the hell are they doing that?" Many of you know that jet fuel in this type of state is rather stable, so IMO, this was an unnecessary action. Not to mention the fact that they probably freaked the hell out of some of the passengers.

After the refuelling incident in Denver a few years ago where a refueller lost his life taking precautions like this when fuel could get near a hot engine seems very reasonable. It is better to be safe than sorry in these sort of incidents.

Quoting Alphafloor (Thread starter):

Great set of photos there BTW.
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:49 pm

thanks for sharing.
By the way, 2 incidents in one month in the same place:that's a lot.I'll try to avoid Nouvelair
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:58 pm

It looks like fuel venting from an overflow valve to me. We see it on our 747's from time to time. Happens when the outer wing tanks are overfilled, or fuel tank transfer doesn't work properly. Still, could just be a bloody great big leak, I suppose!
 
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:30 pm

Quoting SpeedBird203 (Reply 35):
This is gonna sound crazy but when i first saw the first one it looks like an high quality aircraft from Flight Simualtor, Must go to show how well Micrisoft Are doing with the game lol.

I assume this comes from the fact you saw "jaggies" in the photos as your browser probably automatically resized them? Click on the images above to open the full-sized images.  Smile

Any chance the foam could be used to aid in the cleanup of the fuel? Fuel spills are a pain to clean up... I dunno, just a thought.
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:34 pm

Great photos.Thanks  airplane 
 
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:08 pm

Good job, Alejandro. Thanks for sharing!  thumbsup 
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:09 pm

Sweet photos. Right place, right time. You should sell them to the media claiming an A320 nearly blew up at GVA. You could make a mint.  Wink
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:39 pm

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 44):
You should sell them to the media claiming an A320 nearly blew up at GVA. You could make a mint.

Yes, and definitely include words like "exploded", "crashed", "lethal" and "lawsuit"....
 
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:40 pm

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 7):

I'm not an expert on A320, but could the fuel be leaking out of the fuel jettison thing? If I'm correct, it is located at approximately the place where the fuel is leaking from.



Quoting Piercey (Reply 25):

It's an optional feature, IIRC.

Nope, not optional. Simply not available.

Even widebodies can land at maximum weight, even though it is safer to dump. The reason widebodies have fuel dump capabilities is that it would take so long to burn off the fuel compared to a narrowbody. For narrowbodies the extra expense and weight of fuel dumping capability is not justified. If necessary, the fuel is burned off.
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:58 pm

Excellent Pics!!

Cheers for sharing.  Smile
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:24 pm

2 questions

How will the airline and the authorities deal with this situation moving foward ie leaking plane, messed up engine and floam all over the tarmac?

what would have happened if this plane took off without noticing the leak?
 
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RE: A320 Nouvelair Incident In GVA (pics)

Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:30 pm

Quoting Hamster (Reply 48):
How will the airline and the authorities deal with this situation moving foward ie leaking plane, messed up engine and floam all over the tarmac?

As i stated in a previous post, the engine is most likely NOT messed up.

The foam on the tarmac is simply removed with water. The firetrucks can spray water instead of foam, and it is easy to clean.

Quoting Hamster (Reply 48):
what would have happened if this plane took off without noticing the leak?

99.99% sure nothing would have happened.
It was probably a faulty valve, that caused this to happen. It's not like the plane would explode in the air.
The crew would have found out, that fuel were leaving the tanks to fast, and they would have landed.

I dont know how many gallons leaked out of the plane, but 5 gallons on the tarmac looks like a lot, but in reality it's not.

IMHO the fire-brigade handled this thing 100% correct. No reason whatsoever to take a chance, no matter how slim the chances are for a fire.

Cheers
Thomas

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