Aviation Photo #2264340: Airbus A319-131 - British Airways


Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
  • Alex Sandro Vicente Barbosa
    British Airways
    Airbus A319-131
    Airbus A319
    Airbus A319
    Airbus
    1574
    G-EUOE
    London - Heathrow
    England
    United Kingdom
    May 24, 2013
  • 482

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#2264340
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May 24, 2013
Caption
A British Airways (BA) plane had to return to Heathrow Airport to make an emergency landing after black smoke was seen coming from an engine. Both runways were closed as passengers and crew used emergency chutes. BA said the Heathrow to Oslo service turned back after a technical fault at 08:43 BST. Witnesses reported seeing flames coming from the engine.
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Comments (17)

Anonymous
3 years ago
Glad everyone made it back safely.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Looks like the engine cowlings of both engines have been ripped off, how big is the chance of that happening!!! Luckily it all ended well and that you could witness and photograph this. Roger C.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Yikes!!!!!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Great shot
Anonymous
3 years ago
Both engines damaged. The end could have been really different, good job captain!
Anonymous
3 years ago
It catches the severity of an emergency situation. Great moment.
Anonymous
3 years ago
I just saw this on the news. Obviously, as your excellent capture shows, they had trouble with both engines.
Anonymous
3 years ago
It is hard work to spot aeroplanes...'hugging the fence'under all weather conditions. Well, your perseverance paid off. Congratulations for capturing a most newsworthy event. Good picture as well.
Anonymous
3 years ago
That's right....pay no attention to the fact that the cowling fell off of both engines. It's funny that no news report I've read so far has even mentioned the fact that the cowlings are not on the engines? Didn't anyone notice that? Either way, this is a fantastic photo of it all. How did you get the air-to-air angle?
Anonymous
3 years ago
Right time right place good nervs
Anonymous
3 years ago
Impressive catch Alex! What are you doing in LHR by the way?? Shouldn´t you be in GRU? Great photo!
Anonymous
3 years ago
This is an excellent view of this side of the incident. I didn't see actual flames in any photo of the incident so far. I work on these every day and it's hard to say exactly what is causing the smoke but there are the main generator cables running on the right side there where the smoke is coming from. If one of those was shorted out it could cause smoke. The fuel lines run on the inboard side so it's not them. There have been other incidents just like this and I don't recall anything being disturbed on the engine in the other incidents. They were unlucky in this incident. Each of these incidents could have been much worse. If you look just under the silver bleed ducts that first run forward and then curve around and down in front of a dark colored box, that is the EEC, Electronic Engine Control computer that is controlling the engine. I think if it is destroyed that the engine will either stay in the last state it was set at or default to full power. But I've never heard of that happening yet. The biggest problem with the cowling being blown off is that they are a part of the fire suppression system. The cowlings cut off oxygen to the fire after the fire bottles are blown. The cowlings help the fire suppressant smother the fire.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Congratulations my friend! Awesome photo!
Anonymous
3 years ago
This is just a crazy and rare shot! Great job Alex! It really shows how a minor mistake can lead to something like this.
Anonymous
3 years ago
This photo captures what could could have been a disaster. If you look closely at the engine, you can see the cowling appears to be missing and damaged.....
Anonymous
2 years ago
Great picture!
Anonymous
1 year ago
Actually, it seems that both engines lost their cowlings. Great timing.