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# Airbus 380 loses engine, goes 5000 miles

3rd Jan 2014, 06:38

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Consider the NEXT failure, in a twin you are gliding, in a Quad you just may limp to somewhere.
4th Jan 2014, 13:29

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Twin: Probability of second engine failure = xx * 1

Quad: Probability of second engine failure = xx * 3

4th Jan 2014, 13:36

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I don't think there's been a single case of a failure of ETOPS basic principles - i.e. a second engine failure - unless you count Air Transat Flight 236 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
4th Jan 2014, 13:56

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Originally Posted by barit1
Twin: Probability of second engine failure = xx * 1

Quad: Probability of second engine failure = xx * 3

Yes, and the probablility in a single is 0 - so clearly a single is infinitely safer! Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics...
4th Jan 2014, 14:49

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(xx)quad vs (xx)twin and "the next failure"

This value of xx should be less when there are ETOPS ratings and procedures involved.

Either environmental or common-servicing-error reasons could also come into play to make two failures on a quad more likely than just xx-squared.

When discussing this it might be better to consider not the number of accidents due to 3/4 or 1/2 of the engines working, or 2/4-or-2/2 failing, but rather to the incidences of these failures. From that, it might be clear whether we're overdue for the first accident to occur due to engine failures taking place a long way from safety in a twin.

Very roughly, with ~1000 ETOPS flights per day, and a few reported failures per year, it seems that ~1:100,000 flights have failures, and so a double failure might only be expected every ~10,000 years. If this is valid, then the current practice should be safe enough.

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4th Jan 2014, 14:49

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Even a glider can fly
It depends....
A quad on one engine will probably have problems maintaining altitude depending on weight. But it will have a better chance of getting to a suitable landing site than a twin on none.
4th Jan 2014, 14:50

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Originally Posted by ElectricJohn
... Genuine question, since I don't know - can a quad actually fly on one engine?
Oh it can fly on *none* - see Gimli, and the quad-flameout in a volcalic ash cloud - but it will certainly be flying downwards. The rate-of-descent is what matters, and having one working donkey will certainly help in that regard.
4th Jan 2014, 18:56

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Yes, a quad can fly on one, but only in a shallow glide. Can even fly on none if needs be!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways_Flight_9

Gimli was a twin, btw

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4th Jan 2014, 20:23

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Stop Press: Quad flies on one

P&W's Boeing 299Z testbed with T34 turboprop in the nose.
4th Jan 2014, 21:51

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But Sir, that not a quad.
5th Jan 2014, 02:22

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5th Jan 2014, 02:55

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Is that the one Lord King tried to buy?

(when asked, with all the twins coming into service, why BA was still buying 4-engined aircraft, he supposedly responded with "because they don't make them with five!")
5th Jan 2014, 10:52

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Part of the risk analysis of the 4 engine argument is a conservative assessment of the unknown. Zero risk is unattainable. On your remaining engines you still have wear out, infant mortality and random failure mode. When you mentioned lies and stratistics HDRW, I laughed when I also recall one of the models most commonly used in deciding on chances of failure of 4, 3, 2, 1 is the Monte Carlo Simulation (named after the gambling resort).

Perhaps the 'per flight' risk in the subject of this discussion was calculated as being low and that is why they decided to 'push on'. The data and engineering judgement so far (EK this incident of push on and SQ return) indicates there is not yet a consistent set of ground rules.
5th Jan 2014, 16:43

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Perhaps the 'per flight' risk in the subject of this discussion was calculated as being low and that is why they decided to 'push on'. The data and engineering judgement so far (EK this incident of push on and SQ return) indicates there is not yet a consistent set of ground rules.
I'm not convinced that we need a rule, although it might quiet down the after incident challenges.

Too many what-ifs that are best handled today by pilots considering their resources both on-the-ground and in-the air.

then just to prepare for deep thinking arguments, why do we need an EROPs rule ? Has it saved anything ?

As you might suspect I see any diversion or air-turn-back as an increased risk as well as continuing.
5th Jan 2014, 23:38

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ETOPS was perused by both Boeing and Scarebus so they could sell big twins to airlines to operate the Atlantic and Pacific more economically, with the comparable safety to the quads they replaced.
Who can forget the A340 demonstrator at various airshows with "FOUR ENGINES FOR LONG HAUL" scrawled along the belt line in 3 metre high letters!!

That didn't last long but, then again, neither did the A340!
6th Jan 2014, 08:00

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Who can forget the A340 demonstrator at various airshows with "FOUR ENGINES FOR LONG HAUL" scrawled along the belt line in 3 metre high letters!!
Not to mention a well-known UK airline that used to market the same concept:

Well until they bought their A330s.
8th Jan 2014, 05:28

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losing engines....

Airbus 380 loses engine, goes 5000 miles.

Airbus 380 loses 2 engines, goes 10,000 miles.

Airbus 380 loses 3 engines, goes 15,000 miles.

Airbus 380 loses 4 engines, goes 20,000 miles.

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8th Jan 2014, 05:59

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Simple question. Does the one engine inoperative checklist finish with the words; "land at the nearest suitable airport"?
8th Jan 2014, 16:00

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NO.....
10th Jan 2014, 14:26

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Following it's diversion to Kuwait on the 26th Oct, the aircraft departed for it's original destination, Dubai on 28th Oct.

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