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BA 744 stranded at DAAT

Old 28th Feb 2011, 08:41
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BA 744 stranded at DAAT

jacdec.de reports BA 74 flight was diverted to Algerian desert town of Tamanrasset due to a fault of the "equipment cooling exhaust valve"...

Must have happened early sunday.

not much media attention to this one

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Old 28th Feb 2011, 08:50
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Should the title not be..

BA 744 diverted to DAAT.

Stranded seems a little pejorative. If it is still there this time next week, it will then be "stranded."
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 08:57
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Wonder whether its a convenient point to pick up Brits brought out of the Libyan desert oil camps?

Always looking for an alternative.
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 09:04
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Interesting theory but Google maps suggests no roads (not that roads are an absolute requirement).
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 09:05
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BA 747 NOT stranded at DAAT

The aircraft spent 12hrs in the Algerian sun and then departed again for London.

Arrived late last night (27th Feb)
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 09:29
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Don't fly longhaul myself. However I've been told one of the greatest joys in life is calling V1 in Lagos. I know pointless comment but so was the journo who wrote the article.
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 09:48
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Update

It was an equipment cooling message - how the Nigerian press get that to be an "oh we are going to die a fiery death" engine problem beggers belief.

A relief 747 with engineers was sent. The problem was fairly quickly resolved and both aircraft returned late on Sunday night.
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 09:52
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DAAT is fun place

I would not go there as a precautionary diversion.

Long thin runway, in a black hole.

But needs must.

There is some oil work close by but not enough for a SAS/BA tactical diversion ploy.

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Old 28th Feb 2011, 09:56
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, However I've been told one of the greatest joys in life is calling V1 in Lagos.>

No - it's seeing it from FL350 on the way to or from CPT
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 10:44
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Lagos

However I've been told one of the greatest joys in life is calling V1 in Lagos.

No - it's seeing it from FL350 on the way to or from CPT
That's still too close
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 10:52
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Gulfstreamaviator - You may be able to get into any number of other airports in your toy aeroplane, but if you look at the diversion options for a heavy jet between Lagos and the bottom end of Europe, DAAT/TMR is the best option. Keep taking the tablets.
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 12:28
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I would not go there as a precautionary diversion.
Equip cooling isnt a precautionary diversion its an emergency.

Some highlights from the QRH

With Equipment Cooling selector in NORM or
STBY, one or more of these occur:
•Airflow is insufficient.
•An overheat is sensed.
•Smoke is sensed,
Avionics/electronic equipment and displays may
become unreliable or fail.
Plan to land at the nearest suitable airport.
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 12:38
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Incident: British Airways B744 near Algiers on Feb 27th 2011, engine shut down in flight
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 12:42
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Incident: British Airways B744 near Algiers on Feb 27th 2011, engine shut down in flight
Theres barely one word in that article thats correct!
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 14:10
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Interesting. Flying Lagos/London, I would usually try to call Tamanrasset on VHF when coming abeam it on the long Niamey/Ghardhaia leg, particularly in my A310 (twin-engine) days. Although it was usually the early hours, they invariably responded. Good to glance again at the approach chart (high and hilly), get their wx, and show them we valued their existence. But the prospect of going there for the first time in the dark with an engine failure (or worse) was not a pleasant one.

Main-line pilots lead a sheltered life, and most of us prefer it that way. This crew obviously reckoned they had or might have had a very serious problem downstairs. As Gulfstreamaviator says: needs must.

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Old 28th Feb 2011, 14:12
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Hotel Mode, I bow to your QRH

However in my toy aircraft, it is not an immediate land at nearest suitable airfield situation.

It is certainly not the only one, but given the alternate of Niger then yes it is the best...

Algiers is much more suitable. Taman, is a runway, but would I call it a suitable airfield NO. Last time I was there, at night, as a scheduled refueling stop, there was actually no ATC, as it was meal break.If you have not been there, at night, then it is not recommended to just drop in.
Not even certain what the Data Base in my toy covers in the way of procedures.

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Old 1st Mar 2011, 06:34
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Well first reports are that despite the lack of procedures in the database ( gosh, how did we use to manage in the "old days" ) the arrival didn't cause any great difficulties and the support from the ground personnel was first rate.
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Old 1st Mar 2011, 09:10
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Hahaha - just read the Nigerian article. Love the comment 'I think the passengers are far more likely to have 'escaped death' on the drive to Lagos Airport than during the precautionary landing in Tamanrasset.'
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Hmmm...wonder what sort of passengers the replacement was carrying...

Cue the consipiracy theories....
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Old 1st Mar 2011, 21:45
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Hmmm...wonder what sort of passengers the replacement was carrying...
Engineers, of course, from Hereford !!!!!!!!!!

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