Skip to comments.Qantas 'scarebus' QF32 was a flying wreck
Posted on 11/11/2010 2:00:06 PM PST by naturalman1975
A QANTAS superjumbo was a flying wreck after an engine exploded shooting chunks of metal through fuel tanks and flight control systems.
When it touched down the fuel systems were failing, the forward spar supporting the left wing had been holed and one of the jet's two hydraulic systems was knocked out and totally drained of fluid.
"There was a wealth of experience in the cockpit, even the lowest ranked officer on board had thousands of hours of experience in his former role as a military flying instructor," said Capt Woodward, himself an A380 pilot on leave from Qantas.
Investigators found shrapnel damage to the flaps, a huge hole in the upper surface of the left wing and a generator that was not working.
The crew could not shutdown the No. 1 engine using the fire switch.
As a result the engine's fire extinguishers could not be deployed.
Captain Richard de Crespigny, first officer Matt Hicks and Mark Johnson, the second officer, could not jettison the volume of fuel required for a safe emergency landing.
With more than 80 tonnes of highly volatile jet kerosene still in the 11 tanks -- two of which were leaking - they made an overweight and high speed approach to Changi Airport.
Without full hydraulics the spoilers - the hinged flaps on the front of the wings - could not be fully deployed to slow the jet.
The crew also had to rely on gravity for the undercarriage to drop and lock into place.
On landing they had no anti-skid brakes and could rely on only one engine for reverse thrust - needing all of the 4km runway at Changi to bring the jet to a stop.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...
Mistaken missile theory is much more plausible if this was the aircraft mistaken for a missile off of the SoCA coast.
The only two safe modes of transportation today.Boeing and greyhound.
The engine might explode, but it shouldn’t transfer damage to the wing.
So why are so many accidents due to "pilot error"? Is that just a way to whitewash away from the real cause of the problem?
Those hinged flaps on the front of the wings are called "slats", not flaps and are activated aerodynamically, hydraulically, or mechanically. Spoilers come out of the top of the wing and look like small square posts to kill lift .... slats do not slow the jet, they help create a larger wing surface area (and work in conjunction with flaps) so the plane can fly slower when landing.
If it ain’t Boeing...I ain’t going!
I guess cause the explanation of "swamp gas" would be a bit over the top...
With Chinese parts!
Hey, these are the same reporters who refer to any semi-auto rifle as an “assault rifle.”
Boeing will be much better when they move all production to SC and other right to work states.
Wasn’t that engine failure due to something penetrating it from the outside?
Well, you can hope to contain the debris, but as it exits out the back end of the motor, it’s going to go where physics sends it. The more debris you have traveling down the gaspath, the better the odds are that you’re going to rupture your case, and send debris out into the open. We had belly bands on the turbine sections of some of our motors, but that was more of a “feel good” kind of thing, than an actual means of protection.
And with possible ROP assemblers.
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