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My Parents & I flew to Australia on G-AVOM British Eagle Bristol Britannia

Old 29th Apr 2016, 21:40
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My Parents & I flew to Australia on G-AVOM British Eagle Bristol Britannia

My Parents & I flew to Australia on G-AVOM British Eagle Bristol Britannia.
London / Melbourne Flight QF/EG.172
Checked In :- British Eagle International Airways, Channel 4 Passenger Building No. 1 (Europa) London Airport.
We left London Heathrow on the 15th October 1964 at 10.15 hours,
Flew to Frankfurt, Germany , Then to Beirut, Lebanon & landed in Bombay, India.
When we were taking off from Bombay , the Outer Starboard engine caught Fire!
One of the Male passengers started to panic & banging at the exit door.
He was restrained by the cabin crew.
We flew back to Bombay & landed Safely.
We spent One day in Bombay, until a new engine was flown in,
Then continued on our way to Singapore,Then Darwin & our final stop Melbourne, Australia (landed there 17th Oct 1964 at 1300 hours?) .
My Question is does anyone have any records or proof that the engine fire happened? as the B.O.A.C. Letter Ref: MQ.Q.005365 dated 23 September 1964 (3 weeks before we left London) scheduled Three days travel in total?
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Old 30th Apr 2016, 11:52
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The registration marks G-AVOM belong to a CEA DR221 not a Bristol Britannia. Try G-AOVM.........
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Old 9th May 2016, 20:04
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Engine failures of this sort were by no means unknown on such flights in those times, and a delay of one or more days to get things fixed was just one of those things, so little long-term recording of such. Engine failures, alias "catching fire", which probably sounds more spectacular than it actually was, were a periodic event for all operators, large and small, doing such work. The Britannia took several years to cure engine problems, which never caused actual harm to a passenger flight, but were better than the Wright R-3350 powerplants fitted to Constellations/DC7s which had preceded them !
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I was on the flight scary

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Originally Posted by 6473LONPERTHDUB View Post
My Parents & I flew to Australia on G-AVOM British Eagle Bristol Britannia.
London / Melbourne Flight QF/EG.172
Checked In :- British Eagle International Airways, Channel 4 Passenger Building No. 1 (Europa) London Airport.
We left London Heathrow on the 15th October 1964 at 10.15 hours,
Flew to Frankfurt, Germany , Then to Beirut, Lebanon & landed in Bombay, India.
When we were taking off from Bombay , the Outer Starboard engine caught Fire!
One of the Male passengers started to panic & banging at the exit door.
He was restrained by the cabin crew.
We flew back to Bombay & landed Safely.
We spent One day in Bombay, until a new engine was flown in,
Then continued on our way to Singapore,Then Darwin & our final stop Melbourne, Australia (landed there 17th Oct 1964 at 1300 hours?) .
My Question is does anyone have any records or proof that the engine fire happened? as the B.O.A.C. Letter Ref: MQ.Q.005365 dated 23 September 1964 (3 weeks before we left London) scheduled Three days travel in total?
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Old 15th Sep 2017, 08:30
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The Britannia engine fire warning system was notoriously unreliable, leading to the saying "A red sky at night means an engine's alight".
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