|Quoting TG992 (Reply 2):|
The belts were fastened around the engine during ground transport, not flight.
here are the facts. Look at the picture:
The engine is OBVIOUSLY fodded out, and inoperable. Seatbelt sections are wrapped through the fans, and through the stages of the engine to keep the fan stationary during flight. This is a VERY common practice.
Recently we had a 727 sling a blade in flight. No big deal - it happens from time to time. Aircraft landed at it's destination, and the engine was examined. Extensive blade damage was found, so we "strapped" the engine (it was in the #2 position), and ferried it to a station that could accomplish the engine change.
So the question is - why strap an engine? Well, if you look at the photos, you'll see all kinds of carnage in that engine. Pieces missing, bent blades, etc. Lots of damage. Engines cost a lot of money - you want to limit the damage done to them. You do NOT want to just let it spin while ferrying it to an engine change. A 400 mph breeze will get that engine spinning EXTREMELY fast, and will do further damage. So - you strap it, lock the blades into position, and use a little rudder enroute to the engine change.
No big deal here people, this is a standard procedure. And no, you are NOT likely to see this on a passenger airline, as they would not carry pax during a ferry flight anyway.