31/05/2013

Emergency Landing Flight Doors 'Unhatched'

An investigation into a flight that made an emergency landing at Heathrow last week has found the engine doors were left 'unhatched'.

The discovery was made by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

Experts said the coverings, or the fan cowl doors, separated and punctured the fuel pipe on the right engine, thereby damaging the Airbus A319's systems. A fire subsequently broke out in the aircraft's engine.

The flight was due to arrive in Oslo before it had to return to Heathrow shortly after taking off.

Black smoke was seen coming from one of the engines and the plane appeared damaged as it flew over London.

The jet was landed safely, with its 75 passengers and crew evacuated. Three people were treated for minor injuries.

The emergency landing closed both runways for a while and although both reopened, it caused a number of flight cancellations and delays over the bank holiday weekend.

(JP)

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