Same Aircraft Which Lost Engine On Takeoff From LAX Loses
Replacement Engine, Continues Flight From Singapore
One would think that after all the media attention British
Airways received for its decision to fly one of their 747's with 350+
souls on board all the way to Manchester Airport after losing an
engine just seconds after takeoff, the company would refrain
from drawing attention to itself under similar circumstances.
As it turns out, the very 747 that was involved in this incident
was involved in yet another incident when the number two
replacement engine also failed a few days later on a flight from
Singapore to Heathrow. The aircraft left Singapore on February 25
and landed in London the next day, some 15 minutes behind schedule,
according to BA spokesperson Jay Marritt.
Just three hours into a flight that eventually lasted fourteen
hours, the captain shut down the replacement engine after he
noticed that the oil pressure indicator was not indicating within
the normal operating range. The captain also decided to continue
the flight on three engines, all the way to London. "It's still
very safe to fly a 747 on three engines," Marritt said. "It is
certified to do so."
After that aircraft
landed in Manchester following the engine failure on takeoff from
LAX, it appears to have been ferried for maintenance to London,
where the engine was dropped and replaced. The aircraft was then
returned to service, and it flew to Melbourne, Australia and
continued on to Singapore. "It was the No. 2 engine that
failed but in totally different circumstances, it's one of those
very strange coincidences," Marritt said.
The FAA and the British CAA are now investigating both
incidents. "We are concerned," said FAA spokesperson Laura Brown.
So far, no one seems to have evidence tying the LAX incident to the
new EU regulation that forces airlines to compensate passengers for
any delays longer than five house.
"We would never compromise the safety of our passengers," said
British Airways spokesperson Diane Fung on Monday to the Associated
Press. "The plane is certified to fly on three engines. It is
perfectly safe to do so. The pilots are trained for such
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