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N70404 (cn 49315/1257) The pilots were unable to start the #1 engine. The aircraft was towed back into the gate and an A&P worked under the cowling for about 20 minutes. Then they pushed back and it started right up.
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A visitor from United States posted Sat October 23, 2010:
I've never seen this before. Quite interesting, great catch. This is my favorite a/c to fly in. The two seat, isle, three seat config is just perfect for my wife and I. No third wheel sitting next to us.

A visitor from - posted Wed July 21, 2010:
Need for Speed "DRIFT"

A visitor from - posted Tue March 31, 2009:
Nice shot..

A visitor from United States posted Mon December 3, 2007:
I've seen this before with CRJ 900's mesa airlines, once or twice, the fuel didn't go boom though when the engine finally started. Was kinda funny though as if there were any rampers behind it they would have gotten a lung full

A visitor from Australia posted Sun November 19, 2006:
Interesting because it's a different, technical situation the a/c is in. would have been spectacular if visible fuel vapour had gone bang.

harvey d.

A visitor from United States posted Thu February 2, 2006:
Smoke... highly flamible jet fuel... fire

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 30, 2006:
*sniff-sniff... Something smells funky.

A visitor from Lebanon posted Wed January 25, 2006:
The last thing you would want to do while standing behind that plane is to light a cigarette.

A visitor from Germany posted Fri January 6, 2006:
Seems to happen quite often there, look at those kerosene stains on the ground... ;-)

A visitor from Finland posted Fri January 6, 2006:
Maybe they use Russian fuel?

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 3, 2006:
Thats not torching, it is raw fuel due to no ignition, it comes out as a mist when no ignition due to an ingnition fault or maint "wet" motoring an engine. "Torching" is ignited fuel vapors- "fogging" is what we see here. And no this is not normal starting smoke for a JT8-219

A visitor from Finland posted Mon January 2, 2006:
WOOOOOW! Bad day...?

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 2, 2006:
Cotton Candy! :-) Yay!

A visitor from Germany posted Mon January 2, 2006:
Ouch!.

Thats a great picture.

A visitor from Philippines posted Mon January 2, 2006:
Smokey engine staritng!

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 2, 2006:
It's actually called torching. When a jet engine (an apu for that matter) shut down, there is some residual fuel vapor leftover,so on the engine start it ignites, creating this effect. I see it all the time as I fly around the country on the 320 and E190s.

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 2, 2006:
... just like the big radial engines from the 40's...

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 1, 2006:
Just has to get the dust out. That's all =)

A visitor from Korea, Republic Of posted Sun January 1, 2006:
What a gas~ hehe...

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 1, 2006:
Must of been in storage for a while

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 1, 2006:
I see that quite often. That is Jet-A Vapors. The startup Bang just after this is usually loud. It's a cold start. ERJ's do it all the time

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 1, 2006:
Just clearing its throat ... you ought to see an early RB211 on startup sometimes *cough cough*

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 1, 2006:
Looks like fuel but no ignition- fogging just a bit - better motor it awhile with fuel off to clear out the combustion chamber, or a nice bang when you get ignition

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun January 1, 2006:
What is that coming out of the engine? Is it smoke?

A visitor from Sweden posted Sun January 1, 2006:
Nice shot! Very good angle and timing, very rare combination.

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 1, 2006:
Don't you just love the smell of jet exhaust?!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun January 1, 2006:
Whoargh, they're really going for it in the cockpit. Not only shooting out a tonnes of weird stuff from no 1 as it fires up, but also full elevator deflection as they check the full and free movement of the controls at the same time as the engine start. Take me to DFW! No time to waste!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun January 1, 2006:
New engine?

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 1, 2006:
Holy smoke!!

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 1, 2006:
At first glance it appears that the Jet has skidded on the runway and has a problem. Its just a picture of a jet getting pushed back and starting an engine.

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat December 31, 2005:
Cof cof cof...nice timing

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