BA Plane 'On Fire' Over Central London

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    http://news.sky.com/story/1095039/ba-plane-on-fire-over-central-london

    A statement from British Airways said: "Flight BA762 departed Heathrow at 8.16am and returned at 8.43am due to an engine technical fault.
    "The Airbus A319 aircraft was carrying 75 customers and five crew.
    The plane landed safely at LHR but caused the cancellation of 186 additional flights
     
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    I bet thats sure a tense few minutes onboard as you come back around to the airport. No doubt it's statistically pretty safe but just the thought of being low & slow over a city on your last engine makes my skin crawl.
     
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    The resulting cancellation of 186 flights baffles me. I know they closed a runway for a while, but is that enough to cause this degree of cancellation?
     
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    Incident: British Airways A319 near London on May 24th 2013, problems with both engines, doors on both engines missing
    By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, May 24th 2013 11:47Z, last updated Friday, May 24th 2013 15:28Z

    A British Airways Airbus A319-100, registration G-EUOE performing flight BA-762 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Oslo (Norway) with 75 passengers and 5 crew, was climbing out of Heathrow's runway 27L when a loud bang from the left hand engine was heard and the left hand engine's (V2522) cowling doors went missing. The crew levelled off at 6000 feet reassuring passengers. While positioning for a return to Heathrow another loud bang was heard, this time from the right hand engine, and the right hand engine's cowling doors went missing, and the right hand engine was trailing smoke. The aircraft landed safely on Heathrow's runway 27R about 26 minutes after departure, stopped on the runway and was evacuated via slides while emergency services doused the right hand engine and extinguished the engine fire. No injuries occurred.

    Both runways were closed to accommodate the emergency, runway 09R/27L re-opened shortly after the landing. Runway 09L/27R reopened after the aircraft had been towed to the apron about 2 hours after landing.

    Pictorial evidence shows the left hand engine doors went missing in flight, both engines' cowling doors were missing in photos after landing.

    The airline confirmed the aircraft returned to Heathrow due to a technical fault, the aircraft was evacuated via slides after landing.

    The airport reported emergency services were assisting an aircraft with a fire.

    The United Kingdom's Air Accident Investigation Board AAIB have opened an investigation and dispatched a team of investigators on site.
     
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    It sounds about right. The closure of one runway for two hours would cost 100 or so movements (IIRC, LHR runways operate at nearly one movement per minute). Broadly speaking, every diverted inbound aircraft and every cancelled outbound aircraft would cost two flights (one inbound and one outbound).
     
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    Hmm... things aren't scheduled so tight to the bone... otherwise this would happen every time weather forces movements to be further spaced.

    Assuming that's the number, however, it is what it is...but at 10% of total daily aircraft movements, it strikes me as higher than it should have been. Hmm.

    http://www.heathrowairport.com/abou...rmation/company-information/facts-and-figures
     
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    Oh yes, they are. This is LHR.

    And yes, every time there is bad weather at LHR, things go pear-shaped fast.
     
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    Quote the source?

    Someone forgot to lock the cowling it seems. What an unfortunate amount of damage for a forgotten latch. Glad all landed safely, cheers to the crew.
     

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