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Emirates flight hits engine fire and fuel leak on landing

August 12, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59An Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300 carrying 358 passengers and crew landed safely at Boston’s Logan International Airport after one of its two engines caught fire, the Massachusetts Port Authority has confirmed. 

Reports also spoke of a fuel leak. Any combination of fire and leaking fuel on an aircraft is potentially extremely serious, to put it mildly.

Fire control authorities on the ground were “in radio contact with the pilot and extinguished the small engine fire within one minute with halon,” the Boston Herald reported. Halon is a family of low-toxicity, chemically stable compounds that have been used for fire and explosion protection from in the 20th century.

Flight 237 had flown to Boston from Dubai, a flight lasting 12 and a half hours.

The Aviation Herald published a report on the incident which mentioned a “active fuel leak” and a strong smell of fuel. Simon Hradecky’s authoritative publication said the Emirates plane had landed safely and normally and was taxiing when the crew reported a fire indication for the left hand engine.

The control tower advised there were no visible flames and queried whether the crew wanted to hold there or continue taxi; the crew indicated they wanted to cross the runway.

“While taxiing along runway 33L tower advised there were flames visible from the left-hand engine,” the Aviaiton Herald continued.

“When the emergency services arrived they couldn’t see any fire, tower advised flames were no longer visible, they had been visible from the back of the engine.

“The crew advised they never had a fire indication, but could see some flames on the camera, which stopped after the engine was shut down. Emergency service subsequently reported they were seeing an active fuel leak; the crew shut down the aircraft and reported they had a strong smell of fuel on board.

“The passengers were kept on board until the aircraft could be towed to the apron.”

Written by : Peter Needham

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