Tuesday, June 25, 2013

VIDEO: Watch dramatic engine failure on Thomas Cook Airbus A330 in Manchester‏

Engine failure of a Thomas Cook Airbus A330-200 at Manchester Airport
Yesterday was quite eventful for plane spotters at Manchester Airport in the UK. A routine morning of arrivals and departures was dramatically overshadowed by the engine failure of a Thomas Cook Airbus A330-200 during the afternoon.

A couple of YouTube users have already posted their footage of the incident online, which shows the aircraft travelling down runway 23R at a high speed (around 110 knots) when a loud bang is heard. Around 325 passengers were onboard at the time, on their way to Punta Cana in the Dominic Republic.

According to media reports, the A330’s right hand engine (Trent 772) failed, with fire fighters arriving on the runway as a safety precaution. The aircraft was transported back to the terminal, from where passengers were asked to disembark while the engine and brakes were inspected by engineers.

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The runway was temporarily closed, with some flights diverted to Liverpool John Lennon Airport as a result. Thomas Cook organised a replacement Airbus A330-200, which departed five hours after the initial incident.

“We can confirm that an incident took place at Manchester Airport regarding flight TCX314 during take-off to the Dominican Republic.  The aircraft developed an engine fault and has returned to stand,” a spokesperson for Thomas Cook Airlines told the media.

"As a precaution, the airport emergency services attended the aircraft - but at no time were passengers or crew at risk. We’d like to thank our customers for their patience during the delay to their flight,” the airline continued.

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36 comments :

  1. Savin GunawardenaJune 25, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Oh my!! That was scary!! Do you know what caused the Engine to fail??

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  2. Watch the video and turn the volume up and it looks like the two starlings on the fence are talking!!!

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  3. Very dramatic looking, but hopefully not as bad as it looked with the flames.

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  4. This really is right place, right time video footage!!

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  5. Thank god I was flying from Gatwick yesterday evening...

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  6. Quality reactions by the pilot!!

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  7. Perhaps one of the blades failed.

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  8. Nice to happen just before v1 :)

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  9. Trevor Old-Fart StanbridgeJune 26, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Excellent piece of airmanship that. I watched this earlier and the immediate rudder correction was fantastic by the pilots to keep the stricken airliner in shape. I'll bet there were a few anuses pouting amongst the passengers though, but at least the pilots kept the AC on the ground. The fire crews would have trouble assisting at 3000ft! ;)

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    1. That may have been the automatic yaw damper you saw move the rudder.

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    2. Here here Trevor. These guys did a stirling job!

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  10. Probably due to a oil pipe failure, rolls Royce engines are notorious for blowing up cos of faulty pipes of some kind. GE are way better than RR and P&W are also very good.

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    1. Chris , we can close the investigation on your assessment of the engine failure NOT !! first off YOU don't know what maker was on the wing ,second learn how to spell (cos) isn't a word, RR-engine's are among the best in the sky , how long have you worked @ GE?

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    2. Superb reply!

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  11. I love how these days everything is caught in HD :) gone are the days of crappy cell phone footage :)

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  12. Had a slightly worse one than this in a Delta MD88 a few years back. The front end of the engine disintegrated and parts of the fan embedded in the fuselage. It was a hell of a noise!!!

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    1. The Delta MD88 one must have been quite a noise and a scare. Any uncontained engine failure like that can be a scare. Fortunately that type of engine failure is rare. 

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  13. Chris Blackwell, RR engines are the best in the world. GE and P&W are nothing on them

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  14. He was on the rudder within half a second and aborting take off immediately. Good pilot.

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  15. Sharath AiyangarJune 27, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Engine swallowed an bird.

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  16. After watching both videos it doesn't look like a bird strike, more like something inside of the engine let go.

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  17. Does the man making the comment at 32 seconds work for the AAIB? His informed assessment of the incident showed great insight!

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  18. Looks like a bird strike.I hit a goose on approach one afternoon ...Learned that it's a really good idea to avoid them if you can.

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  19. Thanks God that it occurred before airborne, and was a good work in aborting immediately the rolling for take off! COngratulations to Crew!

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  20. Classic engine surge - cause unknown.

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  21. Pretty amazing video. Right place at the right time.

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  22. At least it didn't have an overheated battery or a screwed up oil indicator light, no wonder the news didn't report it.

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  23. Scary! imagine this happening between V1 and V2 (just few seconds later!)

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  24. What no-one has seemed to pick up on is that this aircraft (G-OMYT) has had quite a history of failures for its right hand engine. It had 3 engine shutdowns within 3 weeks last year (Oct - Nov 2012) so this is probably a result of the engine not being fixed properly.

    The link to the forum listing the problems:
    http://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/500819-thomas-cook-a332-g-omyt-3-engine-shut-downs-3-weeks.html

    It's likely a compressor stall as there wasn't any visible debris coming out of the engine when the issue occurred.

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  25. Folks at Boeing must have got a good chuckle, after all the business over batteries on the 787. But a new plane is bound to have some bugs at first. At least the engine let go on the ground, instead of being at 30,000, or over someones neighborhood.

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  26. I love the informed Accident investigation comment from the Scouser at 34 seconds into the clip!

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  27. Excellent piloting skills!! Barely moved from the runway centerline on a high speed reject. Nice job Thomas Cook pilots!

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  28. This is a brand new aircraft for Thomas Cook.. Isn't it?

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  29. Looks like a Bird Ingestion.

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  30. SpaceCowboy PaulJuly 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Engine casing absorbed all the shrapnel good design...

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  31. This is NOT the first time,TCX0109 from Montego Bay - Manchester 24 Sept 2011. Left engine blew on take off love to know what aircraft reg was.

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