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747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Sun Oct 19, 2003 8:53 pm

Just read on the news that a 747 from the caribbean to Amsterdam had to make a emergency landing at Cork in Eire after a suspected fire in the hold. Does anyone know anything else about this?
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RE: 747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Sun Oct 19, 2003 8:54 pm

The KLM jumbo made an emergency landing - after the fire had been brought under control. There's a short article on the BBC web page as well. No injuries, no one hurt.

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RE: 747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Sun Oct 19, 2003 9:16 pm

after the fire had been brought under control
There was no fire in the first place. It was a false alarm and the plane safely landed

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RE: 747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Sun Oct 19, 2003 10:16 pm

It was a regular flight from the Aruba back to Amsterdam. It made a emergency landing in Ireland after a fire alert in its belly. After a check it shows that the fire-alert was false and the plane and its passangers made it back to Amsterdam.
 
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RE: 747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Sun Oct 19, 2003 10:29 pm

Is Cork big enough for a fully laden 747?
 
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RE: 747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Sun Oct 19, 2003 10:43 pm

It was PH-BFN KL734, will be leaving Cork at 14:30 GMT for Amsterdam.


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RE: 747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Sun Oct 19, 2003 10:55 pm

7,000' is just about long enough for a 747; in any case, it wouldn't have been anything like fully laden, being at the end of a t/a flight.

Still, it's (as far as I'm aware) only the second time a 747 has landed there and almost definitely the only time a 744 has landed there. Aer Lingus flew one of its old Classics in there when the runway was lengthened from its original 6,000'.

The apron isn't that big however and with a 747 taking up quite a bit of it, I'm wondering if there was a danger of its being, well, clogged up?
 
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RE: 747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Mon Oct 20, 2003 12:18 am

I heard on the news they were taking off the cargo in Cork to be on the safe side. With 432 pax its bound to be heavy, even with just a 2hr fuel load.
 
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RE: 747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Mon Oct 20, 2003 1:56 am

"passengers were expected to resume their journey on the same plane within..."


I don't think I would have stayed on that plane. If the fire warning lights go one either there is a fire or an electrical problem that will soon lead to a fire.


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RE: 747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Mon Oct 20, 2003 5:03 am

Well, to everyone who kindly corrected my statement: The news now says there was no fire, but when I posted it, it said there'd been a fire, and that it had been brought under control prior to landing. News is simply not reliable until it becomes Olds.

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RE: 747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Mon Oct 20, 2003 5:23 am

I don't think I would have stayed on that plane. If the fire warning lights go one either there is a fire or an electrical problem that will soon lead to a fire.

I suppose you've never had a smoke detector register a false alarm before then! Dust and condensation can sometimes cause the alarm to trigger. I've even heard of reports in Asia of those horribly stinky fruits (durians or something like that) setting off the alarms in cargo holds. It happens, more often than is reported in the media. Your statement is completely inaccurate.

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RE: 747 Diverted After Suspected Fire In Hold

Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:16 am

The KLM 747-400 and the 767-300 both returned to Amsterdam today within 30 minutes of each other between 5 pm and 5.30 pm Cork time. The 767 was sent in with some engineers and a relief flight and cabin crew to bring the 747 home to Amsterdam. The flight crew and cabin crew from the original KL734 returned home on the 767 as did the passengers' bag and cargo from the 747. Some of the 747 passengers who were ultimately bound for UK desinations continued on to Britain on scheduled flights from Cork. The remainder of the passengers continued on their journey to Amsterdam on the 747.

Cork has had a good number of 747s over the last few years. The Aer Lingus flights mentioned above along with lots of Air Atlanta aircraft and visits from European and Transjet. Most flights have been in association with either pilgrimage flights to Lourdes or Munster rugby matches to France and Britain.

Cork now has had visits from all series of 747s. The series -100, -200 and now -400 are easy to account for but in year 2000 a KLM 747-300 did a few touch and goes at Cork before heading back to Amsterdam.

On yesterday, Saturday, an American Trans Air Boeing 757-200 conducted a training flight at Cork. The aircraft arrived at Cork from Warsaw and after refueling the aircraft which was ballasted as if it were in full pax load configuration continued on her journey direct to Indianapolis, Indiana. Quite a feat from Cork's 7000 feet runway. Flaps 20 takeoff, I should guess!

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