Aviation Photo #1059747 Boeing 767-223/ER - American Airlines

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12:30:22. The day is hazy and hot. I was taking photos to the Air New Zealand's 747-400 ZK-SUJ, when in the background I saw a big explosion in the engine number 1. It was the American's 767 N330AA. At the time of the explosion, the aircraft engines were running while the plane was parked near to the AA hangar. [Canon 20D + Sigma 50-500]
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    Gustavo Bertran - Iberian Spotters
    American Airlines
    Boeing 767-223/ER
    Boeing 767-200
    Boeing 767-200
    Boeing
    22330
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    N330AA
    Los Angeles - International
    California
    USA
    June 2, 2006
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Comments (117)

Anonymous
10 years ago
STUNNING!!! GREAT SHOT!
Anonymous
10 years ago
They were so lucky that it didn't happen in the air.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Dang AA Mechanics!
Anonymous
10 years ago
What the hell happened?
Anonymous
10 years ago
DAMN!!!....ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Thats HOT!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Holy Smokes ! that looks serious - nice capture ... lucky you ...
Anonymous
10 years ago
OMG great show, i've been looking for the follow up of this story. Love the contrast with the NZ heavy
Anonymous
10 years ago
Being there when it all went bad.
Anonymous
10 years ago
So sad to see that.
Anonymous
10 years ago
What happened?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow.. cool!
Anonymous
10 years ago
AWESOME TIMING!!!! WOW.... JUST WOW!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Thats gives a nice idea of the size of fire amazing lucky shot!
I dont know what 767-200 have with fires like mine usairways photo ;-) Good Work!
Rgrds, Ruben Hofs
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent shot Gustav. Right place at the right time, framed it up nicely. How lucky do you have to be to get that!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Did someone leave a donut in the engines again?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! Right place at the right time! Rare fotos like this makes airliners.net even more exciting!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hopefully that once in a lifetime shot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Right place and right timing! Hope this picture doesn't get taken off like some of the other about this incident.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The only person(s) luckier were the ones who got away from it before she cooked off any further. Shame to see such a beauty go that way.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I bet the passengers on ZK-SUJ felt very uneasy that flight.

Pilot:
"Ladies and gentlemen, please look on your right side of the airplane as the plane to your left is on fire."

Good timing on the shot by the way.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Engine blew up during a test. That must have been the highlight of the day.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Congrats! Gustavo. Timing and location always matters,too! Suresh
Anonymous
10 years ago
Ooops!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow. That looks bad. Hope everybody was ok.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice photo...
Anonymous
10 years ago
I don't think I would be feeling too safe if I was onboard the NZ 747-400. Right place, right time, and it goes without saying, an awsome shot.

Matthew
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice shot ! What happened to the other one that was on a.net ? I bet the NZ passengers must have had quite a thrill with the view !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Gustavo, as usual at the right place at the right time. Thanks for sharing! M.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very good
Anonymous
10 years ago
Holy crap!
That thing is totally on fire!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow Excellent view here. looks like the aircraft is done for
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awful! Luck that it didn't happen on 30'000 feet altitude. :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow.....I wonder what caused it.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I was sitting in my upstairs office at home when I heard the boom. I live 5 miles away from LAX and knew it was some sort of explosion but none of the news channels had anything on it nor did the radio.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Whoa! thats pretty amazing! and the NZ 744 looks sexy too :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wouchhh ! Just near the fuel tank ! Anybody on board ?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great timing!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Sad image
Anonymous
10 years ago
Well shot man. Isn't this the second aircraft AA had their engines burn out from tests? Or was this with people inside this time?
Anonymous
10 years ago
OOPS!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hmmm.. Quite a tragedy that AA had such accident..
Anonymous
10 years ago
Too cool!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I thought the photo of the engine fire on the American Airlines plane was especially good because it is crisp and clear and shows how terrifyingly close the jet is to what appears to be huge fuel tanks.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This kind of pictures remember me the 7/11 :( Good shot my friend!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow o_O
wonder what the passengers must thinking -
Anonymous
10 years ago
Gustavo: you are dangereous :) Be aware of this guy, everytime there is an incidence, he's there with his camera :)))))))))))
Cuidate. D
Anonymous
10 years ago
The AA 767 must not want the Air NZ 744 around so it tried to blow fire at it......but got know where near
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot! right place, right time.
Anonymous
10 years ago
A dramatic photo! Awesome. Apparently caused by failure of the HPT during a run up test.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It's remember me Virgin Atlantic slogan "4 engines 4 long haul"...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Spectacular...
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOOOOOW! Crazy!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good detail
Anonymous
10 years ago
From what I have heard no one was on board as it was at the AA hanger. Just from what I have heard.
Anonymous
10 years ago
A rare photo opportunity - well documented on 'film'. I wonder if the NZ 744 was inspected for any damage from the explosion? It is the same aircraft (N330AA) that was on here last week, there weren't two explosions. I was actually on holiday in LA and saw the airframe last week on June 3rd. Unfortunately, I had left my camera at home in England. DoH!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Les: Sorry for the engine trouble. Fixed it QUICK!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very dangerous!!! it burns near the big fuel containers.
Anonymous
10 years ago
At the moment their were no passengers on board of the plane, it was just an engine test wich went wrong. Luckely their were no casaulties
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing timing !!! I had 2 engine explosion in my career so far....wish somebody would have been there with a camera....though both happened in flight just after take off....could have been great shots!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Did they ground the NZ flight? Or did they just carry on with TO?
Anonymous
10 years ago
The pilots on that Air NZ 747 must be saying, "!@$#%$^&! We're outta here."
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very nice photo which may have captured the results of a turbine nozzle failure. The 767 uses CF6-80 series engines which have had rash of nozzle lock failures. An AD was generated to address this issue along with technical information from GE. USAir had a similar incident at PHL a couple of years ago. The nozzle locks keep the turbine nozzles in place. When these locks fail, due to cracks and deformation, it allows the nozzle to spin like a turbine wheel, which it is not designed to do. Unrestrained, the tremendous energy generated by the combustor, will cause the nozzles to rapidly spin up. It only takes a small amount of rotation before the turbine section disintegrates with explosive force. I don't believe there was a redesign of the locking system. The fix was to make a one time inspection of the nozzle locking system and increase inspection interval. The aim is to detect any turbine nozzle rotation, check for cracks and defects in individual nozzle locks, and replacement of cracked or deformed nozzle locks. It's important to mention that he nozzle locking system does not fail all at once. What happens is that several high stress nozzles will crack and deform degrading the overall effectiveness of the nozzle locking system. Initially this might allowing the turbine nozzle to shift slightly, which may cause an engine performance anomaly, like high EGT, which maintenance will try to trouble shoot by doing an engine run. If left undetected the remaining nozzle locks, now under even greater stress, taking up the load of adjacent cracked or deformed locks, will crack and deform and then the entire locking system will fail catastrophically. Looks like AA maintenance was investigating an engine performance problem but wasn't able catch the nozzle lock problem before an engine failure. Good thing it happened during a static ground run!
Anonymous
10 years ago
American Airlines B 767 Engine Explosion

230 PM, Friday, June 2, 2006 at LAX. American Airlines Boeing 767 doing a high power engine run had a #1 engine High Pressure Turbine (HPT) failure. HPT let go and punctured left wing, #2 engine, peppered fuselage and set
fire to the aircraft. The turbine disk exits the engine and slices through the aircraft belly and lodges in the outboard side of the #2 engine.

And that really sucks ! No casualties ...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great timing capturing this! The 767 reportedly came in with problems on Eng #1. MX was performing a test run on this engine when a turbine wheel failed. Parts of the wheel exited through the side of the hot section, sliced through the fuselage and some pieces even embedded themselves in Eng #2. The resulting fire caused substantial damage to the wing and fuselage.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I hope there wasnt anyone on board! OUCH!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
That is a sweet shot! Better on the ground than in the air!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing! I have not found any pictures of the 767 engine explosion itself until now!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow so amazing!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Right at the moment! Really impressive. T.B.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Americans...lol, very nice photo though!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Only mechanics on board. MX was doing a engine test run. High pressure disk failed. Spinning at high speed(thousands, or tens of thousands of RPM) and weighing over 20 kg(44 lbs), it exited the engine and caused severe damage to the engine.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Many of the best photos are taken by people who happen to be at the right place and the right time. This is a perfect example. Shows exactly what was on fire and close enough to see.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Are you sure this wasn't at Baghdad (former:Saddam Hussein) International?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Briilant
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good short
Anonymous
10 years ago
What an great action pic. Often you read of incedents like this, but hardly ever do you see a great pic. Well done
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great picture
Anonymous
10 years ago
In certification circles..engine must not burst,catch fire and so on ..there are six of these sins in engine certification.It appears that at least two sins are commited in the photo
Anonymous
10 years ago
You yanks really know how to put on a barbie!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great action photo.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I was waiting to get on shuttle bus to remote bay at that moment, this pic just recalled my memory, great pic! RWY25R was closed for a while because of this BANG!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I rolled right past this plane that same evening on an inbound Cathay Pacific Flight from Hong Kong. I couldnt believe what I saw. All of the paint was burned off the back of the plane. I wondered to myself what happened but now I know. Great shot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW!!! What an explosion, i think the passengers in the NZ 744 sitting on the left side must have been really shocked!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
"fly air new zealand, cos our motors dont catch fire"

Thats an awesome pic, nice to see something exciting with an NZ 744 in it as well, perhaps air nz engineering could give AA a few tips with engine and general maintnence =P

Fantastic timing, well done!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hey, Gustavo, you sure that's not a 767 on afterburner? Glad that there were no casualties. Thanks for sharing a really "Explosive" capture here!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great pic, lucky airline that it wasen't flying
Anonymous
10 years ago
At least they found the problem on the ground and not the air.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It's sad to see any aircraft suffer this type of faith. The aircraft involved was almost done with
the maintenance checks with engine runs to be performed before entering service again.
Unfortunately the aircraft has sustained serious damage on the entire wing, both engines and the
underside of the fuselage. The fire penetrated the aircraft so bad that the metal itself showed
signs of melting thereby affecting the aircraft's structure which is a pretty serious problem. A
problem that is not worth fixing the aircraft for. The aircraft will most likely be written off.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The people on the Air NZ must have been thinkin oh DEAR!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent job on the timing!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! absoulety faboulous!
Exploding engines... Superb!!
Also I like Air New Zealand
Anonymous
10 years ago
Damit!!!!!!!!!! perfectly good 767 w/ useful service still left. so sad
Anonymous
10 years ago
Way to be alert!
Good documentary photo.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing, the photo was taken at the perfect time
Anonymous
9 years ago
Same thing happened to another AA767 in San José de Costa Rica Airport (SJO) two years ago.
Anonymous
9 years ago
W/o June 8th 2006, Determined that repairs to the aircraft were not worth the costs. Was scrapped and parts of the a/c sit in AA's maintence hanger in Tulsa, Ok or on another A A 767. The rest was cut up. Shame.
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is your captain speaking. Smoking on this flight will not be permitted.
Anonymous
9 years ago
As Jim Caerrey would say, Smokin'!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is your captain speaking. Smoking will not be permitted on this flight.
Anonymous
9 years ago
No i know that 767s can crap an engine in front of 747s
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great shot
Anonymous
9 years ago
Beautiful picture
Anonymous
9 years ago
Poor airplane, it didn't deserve to die! :(
Anonymous
8 years ago
The Air New Zealand cockpit must be overwhelmed by the sight. So close, they probably could smell the fume.
Anonymous
8 years ago
The shot was actually not expected and yet caught in good detail. The thought of this happening at 35,000 feet and full of passengers is goose bump time.
Anonymous
8 years ago
How did the tires hold out? i bet they were melted. I thought that AA and US 767's were the only airplane to offer afterburners.
Anonymous
7 years ago
A rare shot. Nice picture with good details such as fire and smoke.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice shot. right place at right time
Anonymous
7 years ago
Gave 5 for phtographer's luck. Thanks God it happend on the ground not in air.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Excellent timing!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Poor ole 767!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Imagine the view from the ANZ 747
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow, A explosion next to what looks like giant gas tanks.
Anonymous
5 years ago
"Well, it looks like that #1 engine is running a little hot." Wonder what the pilots of that ANZ 747 were thinking?
Anonymous
4 years ago
It looks like there is a big cloud of dust in the foreground left of center by the taxiway Bravo sign there in the grass. It looks similar to the one behind the incident aircraft. Did part of the exploding engine fly all the way over near that taxiway sign?

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