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Hangar Fire In Abu Dhabi

Old 21st Apr 2007, 14:21
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Latest on the hangar fire

Three Airbus jets identified as damaged in Gamco fire
By David Kaminski-Morrow
At least three Airbus aircraft were suffered damage in yesterday’s fire at Middle East overhaul firm Gulf Air Maintenance (Gamco), which started in an Airbus A300 said to belong to Qatar Airways.

Emerging details indicate that the effects of the fire at Gamco’s Abu Dhabi facility were more severe than initially indicated, with jets belonging to Kingfisher Airlines and Air Mauritius confirmed as being affected.

Air Mauritius had an Airbus A319 parked next to the A300. The airline has identified the twin-jet as a four-year old example, owned by the carrier, equipped with CFM International CFM56 engines.

“According to initial information the tail of the aircraft collapsed and parts fell on our aircraft,” says an Air Mauritius spokesman. “We do not know the extent of the damage and therefore cannot advise when the aircraft will be back in service.”

India’s Kingfisher Airlines says that it had an Airbus A320 in the same hangar awaiting a C1-check and installation of in-flight entertainment systems.

A spokesman for the carrier says that the International Aero Engines V2500-powered twin-jet, which is owned by lessor AerCap and is less than two years old, escaped with “little damage” although it was subjected to “falling debris”.

Qatar Airways has not confirmed that it is the operator of the A300 at the heart of the investigation, although there are increasing indications that the jet in question is an A300-600R and that the jet has sustained serious damage.

Gamco general manager Saif Al Mughairy tells flightglobal that, despite the fire, the maintenance operation itself should not be badly affected. He is not prepared to disclose details of the fire damage, beyond confirming that it started in an A300 aircraft, or the specific customers affected.

But he says that the company is otherwise operating “as normal” and that he is “very confident” that main investigation into the incident will be completed within four or five days.
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Old 22nd Apr 2007, 13:35
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The news of the fire is very conspicuous by its absence in the local newspapers here in the sandpit.
Many things happen in the sandpit that are not reported in the local media, especially when a prominent national or his enterprise is involved.
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Old 23rd Apr 2007, 07:36
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It was reported in the Gulf News the day after the fire.
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Old 23rd Apr 2007, 10:56
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Pictures here http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...re-at-abu.html
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My firewall didn't like that link!!
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Old 24th Apr 2007, 13:47
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Remember kids...that's what we in the Gulf call "minor damage."
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Old 24th Apr 2007, 16:50
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Had they painted out the tail logo before or after the fire?
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Old 25th Apr 2007, 13:14
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Better pictures

Exposing the absolute whoppers issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities.
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Hangar fire

From the pictures I take it that the fire-retardant qualities of the hangar structure are quite good.

I do hope though that the aircraft manufacturers re-run the close-circuit camera recordings of the conflagration until blue in the face.
This is not a fuel fire, it is an inside out fire of obviously highly inflammable fuselage contents - they ought to study just how it developed and give serious thought to improving their product.
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Old 25th Apr 2007, 14:13
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Had they painted out the tail logo before or after the fire?
Judging by Algy's link, they hardly needed to....
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I bet Gulf are thrilled that the 763 survived.
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Yeah. I bet.

Reminds me of an ex collleague who was the boss of a Ford dealership.

He received a frantic call one night from his night watchmen telling him there was a fire and some new cars were ablaze. 'Any Granadas on fire?', he asked,
'no' came the reply. 'Well push some in then!'
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Old 30th Apr 2007, 13:36
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I tell you what, I am supprised that a fire could get that much of a hold in the cabin. I thought the interiors of aircraft were spose to be fire resistant, I guess there are other things like cabling and other things in there to help things along I guess.
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