Aviation Photo #1045833 Boeing 747-422 - United Airlines

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Attempting to takeoff as UA870 to SFO, something was seen to impact the cowling of #1 engine, as a precaution the take off was aborted and the very heavy 744 stopped near the end of Rwy16R with very hot brakes, the impact can be clearly seen near the 11 O'clock position of the #1 engine
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    Chris Griffiths
    United Airlines
    Boeing 747-422
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing
    24382
    806
    N175UA
    Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (Mascot)
    New South Wales
    Australia
    May 14, 2006
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Comments (21)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Glad they were able to abort!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great color balance with the new livery, sky, land, water and red firetrucks. Good resolution, good framing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Action packed shot well done
Anonymous
11 years ago
Does anyone have more info on what this plane impacted? A bird could not make a dent like that, but what else could be that high up, other than a fixed structure that would have destroyed the wing?
Anonymous
11 years ago
That is what V1 are for. Nice angel, I liv Kingsford
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot! Great livery and a fantastic background!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good thing they were able to abort takeoff. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Anonymous
11 years ago
That must of been one hell of a impact
Anonymous
11 years ago
"Glad they were able to abort!!"

No biggie, even if they were past V1 the 747-400 and just about any multi engined jet for that matter is capable of completeing the rest of the takeoff with one engine down.


My question is, did that destroy the engine or just damage the cowling? It must have done something to the engine or else I can't see how the pilots could have known something hit.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Whatever it was, it hitted the engine so hard! T.B.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ladies and gentelmen, the RTO didnt fail us this time thank goodness they didnt have any more problems than that.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The lighting and clarity of this picture makes it so incredible I feel like I'm looking at a CG graphic! By all means it's a compliment.. it's so perfect, what a beautiful shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Yes, I can see the number one engine is not in a normal circular shape
Anonymous
11 years ago
My friend was on this attempted flight. The plane hit a Sea Eagle at about 150 kts (just before v1). The dented cowling pushed into the fan blades creating sparks and damaging the engine (note the discoloration on the cowling near the blades). The wheels were hosed down to cool them off after the RTO. The plane was subsequently 3 engine ferried back to SFO via HNL for repair. Nice picture!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The word is that a pelican was suspected of impacting the cowling on the #1 engine. Thank god the plane was able to stop safely. Well done United.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great clarity of the shot, and timeliness of being "on the spot". Good work by United, and nice to know 16R is the longest runway in the southern hemisphere!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It can't be a Sea Eagle. There aren't any around Sydney and particular around the Airport and Botany Bay. A Pelican sounds more reasonable.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Its Unusual that thoes trucks come and support the
airplane.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Uh, why "unusual"? I know it's stating the obvious, but those fire trucks are there in case of wheel fire from the heavy braking or engine fire from FOD (bird bits). Plus it gets pretty boring hanging out in the airport fire station and they want to see what all the excitement is all about. Maybe impress the United hostesses.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I can't believe that the fire department would hose the brakes down. Sudden cooling of a hot brake with water can cause it to explode due to the thermal shock. Think 20C water impacting on 500C brake - not a good idea.
The only time they would be hosed is if they had actually caught fire - when the fire becomes the overriding concern.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's great to see a so big plane so near the water.

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