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Old 05-12-2012, 08:26 AM   #1
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Here was something sent to me recently. You don't have to be in aviation or aerospace to appreciate this information or wonder why our safety record is so much better.


A pilot for a Chinese carrier requested permission and landed at FRA (Frankfurt, Germany) for an unscheduled refueling stop.
The reason became soon apparent to the ground crew: The Number 3 engine had been shut down previously because of excessive
vibration, and because it didn't look too good.
It had apparently been no problem for the tough guys on the ground back in China: as they took some sturdy straps and wrapped them
around two of the fan blades and the structures behind, thus stopping any unwanted wind-milling (engine spinning by itself due to airflow passing thru the blades during flight) and associated uncomfortable vibration caused by the sub-optimal fan.

Note that the straps are seat-belts resourceful! After making the "repairs", off they went into the wild blue yonder with another revenue making flight on only three engines! With the increased fuel consumption, they got a bit low on fuel, and just set it down at the closest airport (FRA) for a quick refill.

That's when the problems started: The Germans, who are kind of picky about this stuff, inspected the malfunctioning engine and immediately grounded the aircraft. (Besides the seat-belts, notice the appalling condition of the fan blades.) The airline operator had to send a chunk of money to get the first engine replaced (took about 10 days). The repair contractor decided to do some impromptu inspection work on the other engines, none of which looked all that great either. The result: a total of 3 engines were eventually changed on this plane before it was permitted to fly again.

p.s. Sorry, I don't know why the pics will not show up directly.
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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just a few nicks and bumps.......
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:34 PM   #4
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Re: Chinese Aircraft Maintenance

Yep, and that's why I don't buy any more clone helis. If they do that with full size planes with hundreds of lives on the line....
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Please see the following link. The pictures are real but the description is not.
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Please see the following link. The pictures are real but the description is not.
Now that seems more plausible than the first version.....
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I keep running in to things like this and have to keep remembering to check snopes. People who post things like this typically have an axe to grind.....

I mean the original person who sent out the false e-mail, not Cougar429. He just got sucked in.
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