B737 drivers: why would the engines flame out???

Flying_Corporal

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From the preliminary report of Helios 737 crash in Athens:

"... At 11:50:45, just over 13min before the crash, the steward decided he had to act and pushed the aircraft into a descent, possibly resulting in the autopilot disconnect. Tsolakis said the 737’s airspeed increased and the aircraft turned right, descending over the sea, then left over the island of Evvoia heading toward Athens. Passing 7,000ft the engines flamed out, and the aircraft crashed in hills near Grammatikos, north east of Athens..."

Why would engines flame out in a descent? Even if Vmo was exceeded?

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Flying_Corporal said:
From the preliminary report of Helios 737 crash in Athens:

"... At 11:50:45, just over 13min before the crash, the steward decided he had to act and pushed the aircraft into a descent, possibly resulting in the autopilot disconnect. Tsolakis said the 737’s airspeed increased and the aircraft turned right, descending over the sea, then left over the island of Evvoia heading toward Athens. Passing 7,000ft the engines flamed out, and the aircraft crashed in hills near Grammatikos, north east of Athens..."

Why would engines flame out in a descent? Even if Vmo was exceeded?

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I read somewhere that they flamed out due to fuel starvation.
 

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Flying_Corporal said:
From the preliminary report of Helios 737 crash in Athens:

"... At 11:50:45, just over 13min before the crash, the steward decided he had to act and pushed the aircraft into a descent, possibly resulting in the autopilot disconnect. Tsolakis said the 737’s airspeed increased and the aircraft turned right, descending over the sea, then left over the island of Evvoia heading toward Athens. Passing 7,000ft the engines flamed out, and the aircraft crashed in hills near Grammatikos, north east of Athens..."

Why would engines flame out in a descent? Even if Vmo was exceeded?

FC
They ran out of fuel...
 

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The aircraft could have been close to fuel starvation and the resulting maneuvering could have exacerbated the situation resulting in the engines flaming out.
 
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