|Quoting SEPilot (Reply 3):
The picture doesn't look fake
|Quoting LHRneighbour (Thread starter):|
Or just something made-up by competing carriers?!
A pilot for a 747 belonging to a Chinese carrier requested permission and landed at Frankfurt, Germany for an unscheduled refueling stop. The reason became soon apparent to the ground crew: The Number 3 engine had been shut down because of excessive vibration, and because it didn't look to be in a great state of repair.
It had apparently been no problem for the resourceful maintenance team back in China: they took some sturdy straps and wrapped them around several of the fan blades and the structures behind, thus stopping any unwanted windmilling (engine spinning by itself due to airflow passing thru the blades during flight) and associated uncomfortable vibration caused by the suboptimal fan. Note that the straps are seatbelts!
After making the "repairs", off they went into the wild blue yonder with another revenue-making flight on only three engines! With the increased fuel consumption, they got a bit low on fuel, and just set it down at the closest airport for a quick refill.
That's when the problems started: The Germans, who are kind of picky about this stuff, inspected the malfunctioning engine and immediately grounded the aircraft. (besides the seatbelts, notice the appalling condition of the fan blades.) The airline operator had to send a chunk of money to get the first engine replaced (took about 10 days) The repair contractor decided to do some impromptu inspection work on the other engines, none of which looked all that great either.
The result: a total of 3 engines were eventually changed on this plane before it was permitted to fly again.
|Quoting Qantas744ER (Reply 11):|
It is obviouse that the engine has had some kind of FOD... BTW that is a JTD-9 and Air China only fly the 744 to FRA since the past 9 years!
|Quoting Oly720man (Reply 9):|
Seems to have first appeared in alt.culture.taiwan newsgroup/forum in early 2003.