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20th Mar 2006, 08:01
Heard last night a First Choice 767 was involved in a big fuel spill incident inside the Monarch hanger.

The aircraft G-OOBK was on check and was having a booster pump removed. Normally there is a self sealing valve which closes when the pump is released.
Unfortunately this did not happen resulting in a "lake" of fuel around the aircraft.

The incident was attended by over 15 fire engines and a foam carpet was laid underneath the aircraft as a precaution.

The Hanger was evacuated and ventilated overnight. A 757 in an ajoining bay was removed outside for safety and access.

No damage done and event brought together many resources.

Coop & I can smell fuel .........Bear

20th Mar 2006, 12:17
Same happened to the BA 767 based at MAN just a few months ago. Appears to be a problem with a bolt securing the pump case in position,not!....

Dr Illitout
20th Mar 2006, 22:45
The BA incident was at LHR.
The proceedure to change a boost pump on a 767 is this:
1. Refer to the M.M.
2. Remove access panel
3. Disconnect electrical plug
4. Undo 3 off captive phillips type screws (there are three other screws up there DON'T undo the other one's!!!!)
5. Pull pump down approx 1-1.5 inches
6. Turn approx 30degs untill a stop is rotated into a grove on the boost pump liner. (This can be checked by peering up past the pump)
8. Undo drain plug and drain fuel out of boost pump
9. Pull boost pump clear of the liner
IF you have a cracked boost pump liner you won't be able to stop the flow when you try to drain the boost pump (step 8) You have to drain the tank fully to do the change.
If you don't engage the stop correctly (step 6) you are going for a kerosine bath.
If you undo the wrong screws (step 4) you are also asking for trouble!!

Rgds Dr I

21st Mar 2006, 07:14
Witnessed same on a 767 at MAN, also First Choice if I recall. December 2004.

No idea what happened, the fuel was gushing out of the port wing from near or in the main gear wheel well. Apparantly some poor sod got a gutful of it.

22nd Mar 2006, 13:42
As eal401 says, recent incident at MAN. Tech news reported a bolt which is supposed to hold the sealing sleeve in position was not fitted.You work in accordance with the MM but if the part has not been assembled correctly to start with you'll only find out on pump removal...........And yes, the guy got a gutfull of it.