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2nd Dec 2004, 03:50
This was reported today on www.news.com.au

Anybody got any additional information?

A CATHAY Pacific passenger jet's left engine exploded minutes after takeoff from the Thai capital Bangkok, dropping debris on a car driving near the airport, a newspaper and the car's owner said today.

The Boeing 777-300, which was carrying 348 passengers, returned safely to Bangkok's international airport yesterday evening, The Nation newspaper reported.

The debris damaged the vehicle but did not cause any injuries.

Deputy Transport Minister Vichet Kasemthongsri said an engine on flight CX751 from Bangkok to Bombay had malfunctioned, causing a small explosion after take-off, according to the report.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong-based airline in Thailand, Yongyuth Luchiadanond, said part of the engine, measuring about 1.5m wide and 2m long, plunged onto the roof of a car

The passengers on the plane were transferred to another flight about 1am (0500 AEDT) today, he said.

Mr Yongyuth said the accident was under investigation, but would not give further details. Cathay Pacific was talking to its insurance company about compensating the driver of the car hit by debris, he said.

Mongkol Uthoksiri, the owner of the car, said he had met Cathay Pacific representatives.

The impact of the falling metal part shattered the windshield of the car, a Nissan sedan, and crumpled its roof, he said.

"I am seeking compensation from the Cathay Pacific airline for causing total damage to my car," Mr Mongkol said.

It was the third time in recent weeks that engine trouble has forced a Cathay Pacific jet to abort a flight.

Earlier this month, one of its Hong Kong-bound passenger jets returned to London after developing engine trouble, and on November 10, one of Cathay's Hong Kong-bound flights returned to Los Angeles after witnesses reported seeing flames on one of its engines.


2nd Dec 2004, 04:41
short article in to-day's Bangkok Post www.bangkokpost.com under daily news, but you need to register to have access

Dr Dave
2nd Dec 2004, 07:43
This seems to explain it. Not an engine failure apparently.


02 December 2004

Cathay Pacific's flight CX751 incident

Cathay Pacific Airways clarified facts relating to an incident involving CX751 from Bangkok to Mumbai on 1 December, 2004.

Wire reports referring to a “A Cathay Pacific passenger jet’s left engine exploded minutes after takeoff from the Thai capital Bangkok” are completely incorrect.

CX751 (From Bangkok to Mumbai, Boeing 777-300) turned back to BKK at 18.57L Dec 1 after being airborne at 17.58L. The inner surface of the number one engine left hand D duct collapsed causing seperation of a section of the duct structure. The proximity of the released material to the engine exhaust may have produced some sparks.

The engine continued to operate satisfactorily. CX751 returned to Bangkok as a standard precautionary procedure. The safety of the 345 passengers and 17 crew members on board was not in question.

A plane was dispatched from Hong Kong to pick up the passengers to continue their journey to Mumbai. The scheduled departure time is 01.45L Dec 2.

The aircraft is currently on ground in Bangkok for inspection by Cathay Pacific and Boeing. Both HKCAD and the aviation authorities of Thailand have been informed of the incident.

D Duct

D duct is produced by Boeing and houses the engine thrust reverser. It comes in two halves and wraps around the engine core. A section of the left hand D duct on the No. 1 engine has delaminated, therefore releasing a section of composite material from the affected area. Both Cathay Pacific Engineering and Boeing are inspecting and investigating the incident.

It was reported that fallen debris from CX751 had hit a vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was not injured. Cathay Pacific is closely cooperating with the authorities in Thailand in the investigation of this matter.

Dr Dave

2nd Dec 2004, 09:04
What engines are Cathay 777 using, GE or RR?


Dr Dave
2nd Dec 2004, 10:00
RR Trent 800

Dr Dave

2nd Dec 2004, 10:14
Not that it matters.

The D duct is an airframe componant not an engine one.

N1 Vibes
4th Dec 2004, 22:21

many thanks for editing out my post. Obviously some people in this forum bear some sort of grudge for one particular Asian airline. As they say, never let the truth get in the way of a good story.


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