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nema
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Video As Engine Cowling Flies Off During Takeoff

Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:22 pm

A bit of an overstated headline from the original video poster..

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=694_1444975730

Engine cowling departs just as aircraft rotates, does anyone know the airline and aircraft type?

Would i be correct in thinking the flight crew would not realise this had happened?

It could have been worse had it damaged a wing surface or even the vertical stabalizer.

[Edited 2015-10-16 08:29:44]

[Edited 2015-10-16 08:31:02]
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RE: Video As Engine Cowling Flies Off During Takeoff

Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:34 pm

Sky Airline A319 or A320 (as that's the only types they operate).
 
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RE: Video As Engine Cowling Flies Off During Takeoff

Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:39 pm

Wonder if there is any blame here? Maintenance or pre flight checks?
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RE: Video As Engine Cowling Flies Off During Takeoff

Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:05 pm

Has happened to a few A320 operators. The latches are very hard to get to unless you lay on the ground under the engine. Makes it easy to miss it on a flight crew preflight if one was not completely latched.
 
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RE: Video As Engine Cowling Flies Off During Takeoff

Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:05 pm

Quoting nema (Reply 2):
Wonder if there is any blame here? Maintenance or pre flight checks?

Both, maintenance for not latching it and the crew for not catching it. The fan cowl latches and engine fairing latches are definitely a preflight item.
 
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RE: Video As Engine Cowling Flies Off During Takeoff

Sat Oct 24, 2015 9:39 am

They need to come up with a relocation of the Cowl latches to a more visible position.
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nema
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RE: Video As Engine Cowling Flies Off During Takeoff

Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:43 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):
They need to come up with a relocation of the Cowl latches to a more visible position.
Quoting Dalmd88 (Reply 3):
Has happened to a few A320 operators. The latches are very hard to get to unless you lay on the ground under the engine. Makes it easy to miss it on a flight crew preflight if one was not completely latched.

Well youve got to think that if the industry are so aware of it as a design fault, (awkward to access - awkward to check) that someone is ultimately going to have to take a stand before we have a catastrophe occur.
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RE: Video As Engine Cowling Flies Off During Takeoff

Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:06 pm

Quoting nema (Reply 6):
Well youve got to think that if the industry are so aware of it as a design fault, (awkward to access - awkward to check) that someone is ultimately going to have to take a stand before we have a catastrophe occur.

Airbus are developing a new mechanical latch that is currently being trialed by airlines.

The new latch can only be opened by a latch key, which has a "remove before flight flag" attached to it. The latch key can only be removed when the cowl is closed and locked.

Hopefully if this is rolled out on all aircraft it will prevent any future incidents like this happening again.

Does make you wonder though why it took them so long to come up with a solution.
 
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RE: Video As Engine Cowling Flies Off During Takeoff

Sat Oct 24, 2015 9:00 pm

Quote:
A Sky Airline Airbus A319-100, registration CC-AIC performing flight H2-112 from Santiago to Copiapo (Chile) with 144 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Santiago's runway 35R when engine access doors of the left hand engine (CFM56) opened and separated from the aircraft, the crew continued departure, stopped the climb at FL150 and returned to Santiago for a safe landing on runway 35L about 25 minutes after departure.

Source: http://avherald.com/h?article=48dca107&opt=0
 
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RE: Video As Engine Cowling Flies Off During Takeoff

Sat Oct 24, 2015 9:29 pm

Quoting nema (Reply 6):

Ok, but the design has been in service since 1987 without a "catastrophe. "

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