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Old 23rd Nov 2013, 07:47
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Saw a PA31 G-STHA in Luton (EGGW) last night with the LH engine covered with a plastic tarpaulin. The prop was feathered and from the angle the engine was at, would say that is has possibly come off it's rear mounts as it was pointing towards the ground at a noticeably different angle from the RH engine....eek.
Just wandered if anyone knew anymore on what had happened to this machine.
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Old 23rd Nov 2013, 09:47
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See on this thread:
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Old 23rd Nov 2013, 10:11
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Thanks Red Four. Looks like a lucky escape
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Old 23rd Nov 2013, 13:14
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Two pictures are worth a thousand words (perhaps more)...

Close up...

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Old 23rd Nov 2013, 14:53
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G-STREWTH would be a better Reg.
Lucky crew, and well done!
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 04:34
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I've no doubt the flight regime at the time helped but WHAT an incredible save.

There's a huge amount of metal acting like an air brake there and I can only imagine what the vibration could have been like while that thing was still rotating.

I take my hat off to those guys.
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 05:05
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WOW! I've seen a jug blow through the cowling on a big radial before but never anything like that on an opposed engine.

ATTN EGMC: Congratulations to both of you getting that home safely. Well Done!!!!
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Old 29th Nov 2013, 22:12
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Not much sign of oil.
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Old 1st Dec 2013, 20:09
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Quite right!

In this report from the AAIB check out the picture of an O-540 after No#1 cylinder left the party! (Figure 2 page 13)
The Navajo picture looks more like figure 3 or 4 after cleaning!!

Regards HH
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