The captain believed the right engine was malfunctioning due to the smell of smoke, because in previous Boeing 737 variants, bleed air from the engines for the air conditioning system was taken from this engine. However, starting with the Boeing 737-400 variant, Boeing redesigned the system so both engines fed it.
|Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 11):|
My stepdaughters were travelling down from Finningley the day this happened. As it was in the days before mobile phones were widely used, we were worried sick for a while until we heard from them. They missed it by about an hour luckily.
|Quoting Cardiffairtaxi (Reply 18):|
Apparently nobody said a word to the cockpit!
|Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 23):|
Can't believe it is that long ago !!!.
RIP to those who didn't make it.
|Quoting Revelation (Reply 9):|
It made me think of one advantage of bleedless systems: the cabin won't be contaminated by smoke from malfunctioning engines.