I came back home to MSP
2 nights ago on 31 Dec 06 and filmed the final approach/landing. Aircraft was a NW
753, N583NW, operating NW168 SEA
. I am seated in 15A, the 2nd row aft of door 2, and am landing on 30L.
I was astonished at what appears to be the Nbr 1 engine ingesting FOD
during this exciting night landing! Thank you to pal Jared for posting the video clip
on Google video.
Shared my concerns with the FA
who contacted the cockpit crew that later summoned me to show them the clip--talk about a great excuse to go to the office!
The gentlemanly crew seemed appreciative and professional about it and I left.
A fellow in 16F then indicated that Nbr. 2 had an event as well, and the clip indeed shows the nacelle of Nbr. 1 being illuminated. This suggests that Nbr. 2 had a more significant ingestion event, whereas the sparks appeared to be contained within Nbr. 1.
Question: why did this happen?
Possible clue: snow had stopped falling about a couple of hours beforehand, and if you watch carefully you will notice deicing agent being kicked up by the reversers. So, what was the FOD? Fragments kicked up by the plows as they roared across the rwy surface? Any info would be greatly appreciated.