Sep 13, 2010
Okay - after trying to work the HTML in Aviatrix's comments box and getting error messages I bailed. Why Blogger can't provide the same easy link buttons for comments as they do for posts escapes me... anyway ...
What an entertaining blog entry with so many items worth commenting on ... where to begin?
re: Aircraft hitting eagles - I recall an event a few years ago in Alaska or the Pacific NW where a Boeing hit a big salmon during takeoff. Apparently an eagle dropped it during avoidance maneuvres. But when I googled for that item, instead I found this related story - funny.
re: "...Cleary looked at the instruments, which showed things were normal, but he had enough runway left to abort the takeoff and did so." and "..."You could see through the engine," he said. "All the blades were destroyed."
It's amazing what a JT8D engine can absorb and still show normal parameters. I once had a slight jiggle and recovery in the EPR (power) gauge during takeoff roll - wouldn't have even noticed it except for a sharp-eyed FO. The temptation to keep going was there - "It's probably just the gauge..." But because the speed was still just below 80 kts. and the weather was lousy, I rejected the takeoff for further investigation. The engine parameters were still normal after using reverse thrust, then shutting the engine down during taxi-back. Upon arrival at the ramp, maintenance discovered a completely destroyed fan section due to a tire failure. Yikes! So glad we aborted that one.