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Wed Feb 14, 2018, 10:47 AM

United Airlines engine disintegrates over Pacific, forcing emergency landing

A United Airlines plane flying to Hawaii was forced to make an emergency landing after its engine began to fall apart mid-air.

After what was described as “the scariest flight of my life” by one passenger, photos and videos taken through the windows showed an exposed engine shaking in mid-air after the “engine cowling” broke away.

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The drama on board the Boeing 777-222 began after a loud bang was heard roughly 35 minutes before the flight was scheduled to land in Honolulu. The pilots immediately sent out a distress call and were forced to make an emergency landing.

A Google engineer on board the flight, Erik Haddad, who had a clear view of the exposed engine, apparently remained calm throughout the incident, uploading a series of photos to Twitter and quipping: “I don’t see anything about this in the manual.”


Let me just say, this, when a plane flies over water it has to have a ETOPS check, because of the two engine aircraft FAA mandated requirement, and all IDG ( Intergrated Drive Gears------also know has electrical generators ) have to be serviced prior to flight and the APU must be checked for oil also, because if there is a failure in either engine generators the APU must be able to restart at altitude to have the second generator operating, that is ETOPS in a not shell.

From the appearances on the picture someone forgot to latch the Nose cowl and the Inlet cowls clamps, that were not properly secured, and the pylon fairing took a big hit also.

As for the noise you hear in the video, that is compressors stalls being created, after all, when the nose cowl is gone, and all of your PITOT tubes have been ripped away, and your anti-icing capabilities have been ripped anyway, ice forms on the inlet and gets ingested into the compression section of the first and second and third stage compressors and stator vanes blades.

So whoever was the last people to have performed the ETOPS check prior to departure have some explaining to do, also the flight crew performing the walk around .......................

I am so glad I got laid off from United and that I do not work for that merged airline-------------------

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Blue_Tires Feb 2018 #1

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Wed Feb 14, 2018, 10:49 AM

1. Meh... All panic aside

the engine is still perfectly functional without the cowling

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