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El Al flight makes emergency landing at Heathrow after mid-air engine fire

Old 5th Jul 2012, 10:53
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El Al flight makes emergency landing at Heathrow after mid-air engine fire

El Al flight makes emergency landing in U.K. after mid-air engine fire Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper



An El-Al flight heading from London to Tel Aviv was forced to perform an emergency landing in Heathrow airport on Thursday, after one of its engines caught fire minutes following takeoff.

The incident occurred about 20 minutes after flight 318 took off from the U.K. airport with 411 people aboard, around 1 A.M. Israeli time, when a loud thump was heard on the right side of the Boeing 747-400 airliner.

A strong smell was then reported in the cabin, with the jetliner losing thrust. The pilots, headed by captain Ilan Margalit then redirected the plane toward Heathrow, where emergency crews were deployed ahead of the unscheduled landing.

The crew began to undertake emergency procedures, during which a trail of fire was seen coming out of the engine, causing much alarm among the passengers.

Eventually, however, the pilots were able to safely land the plane with only three engines.

El Al said in response that it hoped that all of the passengers will be able to arrive in Israel in less than 24 hours.

Speaking to Haaretz, Margalit said that the incident was handled calmly, and that crew wasn't forced into taking extreme emergency measures. "I didn't have to dive or do a loop," he said, adding that he managed the episode "alertly, quietly, and calmly."

The emergency landing follows an incident in May, during which an El Al airliner bound for London was forced to land in Ben-Gurion International Airport shortly after taking off, after discovering a technical fault in its flaps.

The malfunction was discovered 40 minutes into its flight, at which point the plane was instructed to burn fuel and return to Tel Aviv. It then circled the port for another 40 minutes, before safely landing. The flight's were passengers transferred to another plane.
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Old 5th Jul 2012, 11:40
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the incident was handled calmly, and that crew wasn't forced into taking extreme emergency measures. "I didn't have to dive or do a loop," he said
When things get extreme in my next SIM, I'll try that!
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Yes, if one does a perfectly symmetrical loop, the burning engine will ingest it's own flame trail, thus canceling out the fire, like starting a back-fire during a forest fire....
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The engines internal calendar was obviously faulty. It thought it was Saturday and that god wouldn't want it to be working.
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Old 5th Jul 2012, 12:47
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They clearly could not find a pic of an El Al 747
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Originally Posted by scudpilot View Post
They clearly could not find a pic of an El Al 747
It's massively difficult...

https://www.google.com/search?q=el+a...=1920&bih=1075

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The pictures on Google are probably copyright and for a newspaper to use them would be asking for trouble. They might not have had time to obtain the necessary permission from the copyright owners.

Or they might just be bungling idiots who didn't bother to check their picture against the facts!
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The engines internal calendar was obviously faulty. It thought it was Saturday and that god wouldn't want it to be working.
Or serviced with nonkosher oil?
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Old 5th Jul 2012, 14:43
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...yes and so "el al 747-400 royalty free" gives you this within a couple more seconds:

Boeing 747-400 AL EL Airlines | Stock Photo | iStock

I'd go with your latter suggestion
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To be fair, it doesnt say that the picture is of a 747.....!
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Was this early morning today? Sure I heard and saw an SIA 380 do a go around at around 0900?!
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4X-ELD

The aircraft was 4X-ELD, the newest of the airline's four -400s:

JetPhotos.Net Photo 4X-ELD (CN: 29328) El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747-458 by John Fitzpatrick

Here's a report from The Aviation Herald:

Incident: El Al B744 near London on Jul 4th 2012, engine shut down in flight
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This is the route: FlightAware > Israel Airlines (LY) #318 > 04-Jul-2012 > EGLL-LLBG Flight Tracker

Here is the flight data information: FlightAware > Flight Track Log > ELY318 > 04-Jul-2012 > EGLL-LLBG You can see how it made it to FL270 before going down again.

It's only for interest, nothing spectacular


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Old 6th Jul 2012, 08:07
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and to add this quote from the opening post: "It then circled the port for another 40 minutes, before safely landing." - No, it did not
How do you know ?

That quote was nothing to do with this week's incident, it was a reference to an incident in May when a London-bound flight was forced to return to TLV.
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You are correct. I didn't realise it mentioned the previous diversion.

Comment pulled.
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"I didn't have to dive or do a loop,"
Looks like the colleague has a good sense of humor.

And the newspaper didn't even realise they were being made fun of - and even printed it...

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Looks like the colleague has a good sense of humor.
And drops in here from time to time...
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