Light Plane Philosopher
- Dec 16, 2007
- Port Townsend WA
A week worth of gear and electrical issues followed by the engine quitting with what sounds like gear in transit; I wonder if the cause was anything like Elliot Seguin’s T-51 engine failure where stuck gear caused an overloaded hydraulic power pack to blow a main breaker. The Seawind may not have had an electrically-dependent engine installed (though maybe it did), but I imagine electric boost pumps are the only way to get fuel up to the high mounted engine...4 incidents in 8 days... Looks like engine failure... Always heard Seawinds can be tough.
Or the original owner often flew with a passenger(s), and the new owner was flying solo, and didn't ballast the airplane. Something like this with that much variable load forward is likely to need ballast between full and minimum payload conditions. We have Seawind owners here on the board. Does the aircraft normally require ballast if flown solo?so the first pilot might have been big and the second small.
Hey, this is America. He'll just sue somebody to get his money back.$25 thousand a flight... Ouch
Tom Skerritt - Top GunBetter to retire and save your aircraft, than push a bad position.
OK don't know a lot about jet engines, it was my understanding that they keep running as long as they had fuel or one of the blades flew off of the engine.737 down in water off Honalulu,pilots rescued
A Boeing 737-200 cargo plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii early Friday. Both people on board have been rescued.www.seattletimes.com
Two very tired engines - one quits the other just couldn't take the added load.... So it quit too.OK don't know a lot about jet engines, it was my understanding that they keep running as long as they had fuel or one of the blades flew off of the engine.
From what I read, neither of these things happened. So why does a jet engine just quit?
And I also was led to believe that these twin engine jet powered aircraft could maintain altitude with one engine. So what happened ?
How does a jet engine "overheat" ?
The Manchester incident was caused by combustion chambers bursting due to maintenance practices of the day. I started at TWA in '86 and got caught up in the revised maintenance procedures for the cans in the JT8D engines.The JT8D has history of overheating. In 1985 one caught fire at Manchester airport in England and killed 54 people. Combustion chamber deterioration was supposedly the cause (I don't know the final determination). It's an old engine, so it's not hard to imagine deterioration causing stuff like this.
I can see how that could happen.Post 4429 above says it. Reduced power takeoffs can work against safety and aggravate the problem by encouraging failures at the worst possible time.