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Old 23rd Feb 2016, 10:05
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A320 cowlings burst open

just saw this in chinese media. Appeared to happen some days ago.


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how can this be ?
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Old 23rd Feb 2016, 10:38
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Strange. Difficult to see but did they deploy the reverser with the fan cowls unlatched during the run?
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Old 23rd Feb 2016, 11:13
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Floop!

Just like that. Absolutely unbelievable, exept for the fact that it is all caught on camera.
Airbus surely has some explaining to do after this. It can't be the airspeed that caused this.
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I witnessed a similar incident on another type many years ago. The cowlings were unlatched with the aircraft in a hangar and a fire bottle was discharged.

The cowlings behaved exactly as in the video.
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Cool

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Floop!

Just like that. Absolutely unbelievable, exept for the fact that it is all caught on camera.
Airbus surely has some explaining to do after this. It can't be the airspeed that caused this.
Nothing to do with Airbus, poor maintenance practices, RTFM!
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Old 23rd Feb 2016, 18:05
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Can someone explain what's happening here please? All I see is that the cowling is closed, then open...
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Check the video embedded in the article, the stills in the OP don't really tell the story.

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Old 23rd Feb 2016, 18:29
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Originally Posted by Flightmech
Strange. Difficult to see but did they deploy the reverser with the fan cowls unlatched during the run?
That would be my guess.
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Old 24th Feb 2016, 02:27
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Agreed. The beacon is flashing which suggests an engine run and you can see what looks like protection mats to the left of the nose gear being blown forward.

Daft buggers!
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Old 24th Feb 2016, 03:48
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video appears to be a Dragonair Airbus A320. Video made in hong kong. CASL engineering seem to be the culprits in this case
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Old 24th Feb 2016, 04:46
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Reverser functional check post maintenance, as said above RTFM & secure the cowls closed prior to engaging reverse thrust.
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Reverser functional check at the Gate with the airbridge attached? Madness
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Old 24th Feb 2016, 07:57
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Hype

What a lot of uninformed hype this thread is, just like in the newspapers people who have no understanding of a subject ( let alone having ever shut an Airbus engine cowl ) and yet they tell us that Airbus have some explaining to do !

The only explaining that has to be done is why the cowl had not been secured post maintenance.............. Oh ! And why these clueless idiots are allowed on a professional aviation forum ?
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Old 24th Feb 2016, 09:17
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EASA have proposed a modification:-

http://ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/EASA_P...f/PAD_16-009_1
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Looks like a design developed in a clean and isolated office...
Do we seriously expect mechanics to enter the cockpit to get/store a key before they do open and after they close a fan cowl? It won磘 take a week until all mechanics have some sort of master key in their pocket in order to be able to finish their job before the end of their shift.
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Perhaps, but the key stays in the latch until they are locked. It's not perfect but it is another check item. "Have I got my latch key? No. bugger, still in the unlocked cowling."
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Old 24th Feb 2016, 12:46
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Settle A and C,

The only explaining that has to be done is why the cowl had not been secured post maintenance
That's what everybody except Fox Nine has said/intimated...

And why these clueless idiots are allowed on a professional aviation forum ?
Only one has suggested Airbus procedures responsible.
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I'm in total agreement with nightstop.

I can't speak for the A3230, but I know on the B737 it's certainly a big no-no to deploy reversers during an engine run.

And with the air bridge still attached, I'm surprised the cowlings are the only incident here!
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I guess this this is one way to check the cowl latches without crawling around on one's knees.
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Old 25th Feb 2016, 03:42
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EASA have proposed a modification:-

http://ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/EASA_P...f/PAD_16-009_1




wouldn't it be easier to remove the git who left the flaps open...Do this a few times and the message sinks in.
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