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AW 139 Hard Landing in Spain.

Old 13th Jun 2019, 11:13
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AW 139 Hard Landing in Spain.

Surprised this isn't here already. It appears that a Babcock SAR 139 in Spain had an engine failure due to turbulence. An auto rotation was carried out resulting in a hard landing........

Incident AgustaWestland AW139 EC-NEH, 12 Jun 2019




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Old 13th Jun 2019, 11:38
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I suppose the question to be asked is why could the aircraft not maintain flight OEI to the extent the pilot determined the required action to be an autorotation?


The followup question is why would turbulence cause an engine failure?
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 11:40
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Yes, something doesn't ring true here.

Maybe their 30% pay cut had something to do with it
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 11:47
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You get what you pay for I reckon!
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Cool

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Old 13th Jun 2019, 12:18
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Well, there goes another 30% pay cut to pay for the repair.
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 13:36
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Alicante to Gijon is a ways, over 400 miles assuming no diversions or wx/headwinds. Wonder what his plan was after the low fuel lights came on?

ahh, scratch that, Albarracin is about halfway, shouldn’t have been a fuel problem yet.

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Apparantly both engines flamed out when aircraft went into 90 degree bank "due to turbulence".
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You'd have to sustain negative G for a wee while to cause both engines to flame out.

I'd be looking at some other reason for fuel not getting to the engines.

FDR readout should be interesting.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 03:15
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From the report:

Occupants 1 ??
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 05:57
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The 139 can be SP or MP
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 08:12
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In one of the reports, it said 1 x pilot and 1 x passenger
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 08:52
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Perhaps the pilot's side window, that was sucked inside, caused some issues with the overhead throttles?
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 21:35
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Apparantly both engines flamed out when aircraft went into 90 degree bank "due to turbulence".
BOTH engines !!!! Again? Surely not possible, at least it's not over a hostile congested area
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Looks like someone let the groundhog out.
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damned rude
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ANFI you are making a very good point. This simply should not happen to MEH!! As your sarcasm alludes to, fuel starvation of any kind rather defeats the advantages of having more than 1 engine.
It will be really interesting to understand how this one has happened. I cant see turbulence causing a double flameout. Surely the pressure fuel in the feed line from the boost pump to the engine would last several seconds even if the boost pumps starts to cavitate!!
But with Clutha, now this one, ANFI, your arguments gather some momentum!
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Thank god they had a life raft.
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He picked a good spot to aim for. Too bad the bit at the bottom didn't go quite to plan. Off to the sim for some practice.
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Guys,

Running out of fuel in most (though not all) multi engine helicopter leads to a failure of one engine only...

The second engine will continue to operate for a few more minutes....

This is due to the way the fuel tanks are arranged...
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