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Old 9th Oct 2017, 13:14   #1 (permalink)
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Fire on ground support equipment @ HKIA

A piece of loading equipment caught fire at Hong Kong International Airport next to the plane that was due to to fly from HKG to LAX
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Old 9th Oct 2017, 14:28   #2 (permalink)
 
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A piece of loading equipment caught fire at Hong Kong International Airport next to the plane that was due to to fly from HKG to LAX
My guess is lithium batteries .... its only a matter of time before a pax aircraft goes up in smoke mid pacific. When will they ever learn?
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Old 9th Oct 2017, 15:57   #3 (permalink)
 
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Goes down in smoke mate. Unless the DFO has changed the rules on gravity like everything else.
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Old 9th Oct 2017, 16:55   #4 (permalink)
 
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Yeah and [email protected] the freighter apparently. They only carry 130 tonnes of the stuff.
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Dear Anna. Obviously our jobs are not as dangerous as sitting in that office of yours.
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Old 10th Oct 2017, 04:03   #8 (permalink)
 
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Device, went off prematurely....? American Airlines. Suspicious and frightening.
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Will Swire have to buy AA a new 777?
No doubt we will somehow have to pay for it.
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.....probably....
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Old 10th Oct 2017, 07:10   #11 (permalink)
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Every way up it will be settled by insurance and should not appear on the airlines or handling agents bottom line.
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Old 10th Oct 2017, 07:18   #12 (permalink)
 
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Having seen a few scratchy videos, I have this question - What was the ignition source? Did the fire start in the pallet, or did the loader motor overheat and catch fire??
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Old 10th Oct 2017, 09:56   #13 (permalink)
 
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A fire that intense , I very much doubt that it was the motor of the hi loader . It looks more like a fuel leak and resulting fire , but as you say difficult to tell .
Fortunately the aircraft looks okay
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Old 10th Oct 2017, 13:46   #14 (permalink)
 
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Good pictures! PPRuNe Rumors & News discussion of the incident is here: American Airline plane catches fire on runway at Chek Lap Kok
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Old 11th Oct 2017, 13:19   #15 (permalink)
 
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Disappointing to see that the driver of the reactor towing the pallet on the dolly about to be loaded decided to just abandon his tractor in situ.
Whatever happened to lateral thought?
Perhaps:
"Holy bbq chicken feet, there's a fire!
Let me tow this pallet out of the way,
then I'll John Wayne it and unhitch it on the move,
then duck around to the back left hand side of the jet,
now I can push the scissor loader away from the airplane shaped fuel bowser.
Yeah I know it'll have the brakes on, but if I hit it hard enough, I might be able to move all that burning shit away from the jet, before it really starts to burn."

Or alternatively, " Ai yaaa....... " heard running off into the distance.
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You get what you pay for!
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Old 11th Oct 2017, 13:50   #17 (permalink)
 
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Woujd anyone expect anything different?

The shocker would be if someone (anyone) actually took action.

Come to think of it, that bloke should be seriously considered for upper management.
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Old 11th Oct 2017, 22:33   #18 (permalink)
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I think a natural reaction to seeing the pallet go up in flames would be, "Holy s*^t, next will be the explosion", driving the pallet away from the aircraft might be considered above and beyond the call of duty, yes?
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Old 12th Oct 2017, 01:38   #19 (permalink)
 
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Were there Pax on board?
Was a headset connected?
If so, was it working? Tested?
If not - should it be?
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Old 12th Oct 2017, 10:38   #20 (permalink)
 
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Parabellum you are assuming that the staff give a sh- t ,they have in all likelihood been treated like the pilots and simply no longer care if the aircraft burns or not , it's not theirs why worry ?
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