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Holiday terror as engine cover falls off easyJet plane seconds after take-off

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preacher1
preacher1 1
Didn't they long ago come up with a latch problem and supposedly make the checking of it as part of the pre flight walkaround?
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Is it Duct Tape, or Duck Tape?
1954kimjohnneil
neil burnside 2
You would think it would be part of per flight walk around ??
Will we ever hear who was responsible ? Is it ultimately the Pilot who is responsible and it doesn't seem to matter who is responsible if someone makes a serious error it's not the people on the ground that die is it? It's the passengers and crew
always.
preacher1
preacher1 2
There is a Duck brand and that is what it's commonly called but the proper is DUCT as in Heating and Air Conditioning DUCTWORK, which was its original use and still is. Ductwork was wrapped with vinyl backed insulation which is 4' wide. It is used to tape them together so as not to have a bare spot and hence condensation.
preacher1
preacher1 1
They did that above several years ago and it even came out from AB. Problem is, with current positioning, they can't hardly be seen on walkaround without getting bad low, to the point of hands & knees is what I am told, and ain't many pilots gonna do that.lol
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
There are a number of histories on the material:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duct_tape
and
http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/ducttape.htm
for example.
My question was more on the line of what will AB call it when the have to resort to it for the latches.
<end humour>
bbburroughs
Bevan Burroughs 1
We used to call it 500 MPH tape in the USAF.
spatr
spatr 1
You don't have to get down on hands and knees low but you do need to bend down. As a A320 F/O, I have done my share of walk arounds.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Are they bad difficult to see or get to? IDK. There was a thing on here several months ago about them and they were saying it was a known problem, with AB coming out with something about it.
spatr
spatr 0
They arent hard to preflight but can be easy to miss if you're lazy. You have to take a look at them from the side and from the front though. The cowling is coming off in flight seem to be a Rolls Royce engines problem rather than a Pratt Whitney.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Your SWAG statistic triggered this....
Ignorant question: Is the cowling integral to the engine, or are the engines interchangeable within the cowling frame? Does the engine bolt on as a unit or get inserted into a framework?
spatr
spatr 1
Different designs for the 2 engine types. Ours have the RR engines.
JetMech24
JetMech24 1
Generally, the cowlings on commercial jets are mounted to the pylon and just hug the engine.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1