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B-787 Dreamliner makes emergency landing in LRD

skier17

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787 makes emergency landing in KLRD after an in-flight fire in electrical bay.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ht...mergency10.html?prmid=related_stories_section

Electrical fire forces emergency landing of 787 test plane

A serious in-flight fire in the electric equipment bay of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight test plane forced an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas, Tuesday.
By Dominic Gates
Seattle Times aerospace reporter



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A serious in-flight fire in the electric equipment bay of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight test plane forced an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas, Tuesday. All aboard were safely evacuated on slides.
The fire affected the cockpit controls and the jet lost its primary flight displays and its auto-throttle, according to a person familiar with the incident. The flight and engine controls, which on the Dreamliner are all-electric, weren't fully functional, this person said.
A small emergency power generator called the Ram Air Turbine (RAT) that typically kicks in only when both primary and auxiliary power sources are lost was automatically deployed. The RAT — a device like a small dynamo that drops down from the fuselage and generates power from the air flowing past the aircraft — provides sufficient power for flight controls and other vital systems in an emergency.
The smoke in the back of the cabin of Dreamliner No. 2, where a team of flight technicians sat at computer workstations monitoring the flight data, was first detected on approach to the Laredo airport after six hours of flying.
As the incident escalated, the pilot declared an emergency, landed the plane, and activated the emergency slides.
The 30 to 40 people aboard were able to get out safely.
"The aircraft landed at Laredo at about 2:54 Central Time," said Federal Aviation Adminstration spokesman Lynn Lunsford. "The aircraft was evacuated on the runway. They pulled the slides."
Flames were observed in the rear electrical/electronics (EE) bay, which is underneath the passenger cabin, said two people who were informed of the details.
On most airliners, most of the flight controls are operated using pneumatic or hydraulic systems. One of the innovations on the Dreamliner is that all the controls are electric.
"If this had happened at 25,000 feet, we might be talking about something much more serious," said a person close to the situation.
Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter said it's too early to speculate on the cause.
The test airplane took off from Yuma, Ariz., early Tuesday morning in search of hot weather for a test of the nitrogen generating system that reduces the flammability of the jet fuel inside the wing tanks.



The system injects nitrogen into the space above the fuel as the tank empties; the fuel is more volatile when hot.
The plane had originally filed a flight plan to fly to Harlingen, Texas, but the pilots decided instead to land in Laredo because weather conditions there looked better for their test, Gunter said.
The FAA's Lunsford confirmed that the plane was not diverted. He said the FAA will look into the incident with Boeing to determine the cause.
 

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The test airplane took off from Yuma, Ariz., early Tuesday morning in search of hot weather for a test of the nitrogen generating system that reduces the flammability of the jet fuel inside the wing tanks.
Mission accomplished. Good thing everyone is ok. This could have turned out very badly.
 
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That has to be the youngest airplane at LRD by at least 30 years. I wonder if they know about Taco Palenque?
 

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That has to be the youngest airplane at LRD by at least 30 years. I wonder if they know about Taco Palenque?

That place brings back some memories. One almost very bad one halfway back to NGP!

Glad the crew and plane are safe.
 

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That has to be the youngest airplane at LRD by at least 30 years. I wonder if they know about Taco Palenque?

They're probably checked in at the Fairfield, just finishing dinner at Fuddruckers.
 

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43,000ft, interesting.

I bet it was just a proving run for LBB or HRL.
 

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Of all places on this godforsaken planet it had to land in LRD. Figures ....
 

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Secret test run for swa flying and jetblue flight attendants. They wanted to see what Texas looks like for swa and test the slides for jetblue
 
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