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UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:45 am

Shortly after takeoff at about 7 PM from EWR for LAX, flight UA 1871 on Wednesday, Jan. 15 had a series of flaming pops occur on the right side engine. A passenger recorded video of the engine problem when it happened, available in this link
https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/u ... id=U507DHP
The plane returned to EWR making a controlled emergency landing with all the fire trucks out as proper protocol. A comment from a passenger said that the f/a's were making announcements, but couldn't hear them due to the fear screaming of a number of pax. The passengers were transferred to the terminal in a non-emergency way, eventually to another plane taking off around midnight.
 
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:04 pm

"Most terrifying experience of my life. ... Flight takes off, Right wing of the plane (where I’m sitting in the aisle seat) sparking & now one engine failed," she tweeted. "They're making announcements but I can't hear anything because people are screaming."


Great article! :liar:

This was a 757, no? Article shows United 777 and 747 "grounded" at SFO.

Looking at FR24, it seems like the flight is being operated by the original plane (N14118). Do the pax know, are they still screaming?
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:11 pm

scbriml wrote:
"Most terrifying experience of my life. ... Flight takes off, Right wing of the plane (where I’m sitting in the aisle seat) sparking & now one engine failed," she tweeted. "They're making announcements but I can't hear anything because people are screaming."


Great article! :liar:

This was a 757, no? Article shows United 777 and 747 "grounded" at SFO.

Looking at FR24, it seems like the flight is being operated by the original plane (N14118). Do the pax know, are they still screaming?


A/C 112 was the original equipment. Swapped to A/C 118 once back in EWR.
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:52 pm

Seems the new flight flew at just 26 or 28,000 ft the whole time
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:58 pm

scbriml wrote:
Do the pax know, are they still screaming?

No they don't know, they even didn't notice that the plane is already in an hangar. There is still a long waiting queue of non-screaming passengers who want to calm down the screaming passengers, like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0GW0Vnr9Yc
 
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:43 pm

It was a compressor stall. They are fairly common.
 
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:00 pm

Scarebus34 wrote:
It was a compressor stall. They are fairly common.


The news is already milking it, as there's nothing else going on in the world right now :bored:
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:11 pm

airboss787 wrote:
Seems the new flight flew at just 26 or 28,000 ft the whole time


There was almost a 100 knot difference in headwind last night between the FL20s and FL30s across the middle of the country.
 
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:17 pm

airboss787 wrote:
Seems the new flight flew at just 26 or 28,000 ft the whole time


And?
 
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:49 pm

Did they dump fuel on Bayonne and Jersey City?
 
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:04 pm

btfarrwm wrote:
Did they dump fuel on Bayonne and Jersey City?


Only once they found a school on which to dump...

You beat me to the punchline!!

Seriously, though, I am glad everyone is okay, and that the matter is taken care of with only minor delays. Whatever else I think of any airline, I trust fully that the flight crew wants to walk away from the airplane as safe and sound as I would like to, so no flame war between airlines from me. However, I understand also that seeing flames come out of an engine can be distressing, so "panicky" passengers are, at least to me, to be expected.
 
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:03 pm

Scarebus34 wrote:
airboss787 wrote:
Seems the new flight flew at just 26 or 28,000 ft the whole time


And?


And made it to LAX like all the other flights. I am not dramatizing it, merely stating a fact which I already got an answer for.
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Re: UA 1871 EWR-LAX return to EWR due to flames from engine

Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:05 pm

ATCJesus wrote:
airboss787 wrote:
Seems the new flight flew at just 26 or 28,000 ft the whole time


There was almost a 100 knot difference in headwind last night between the FL20s and FL30s across the middle of the country.


Thanks a lot. That makes a lot of sense.
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