Never heard about this one before. Crazy how he got shot before in the face while flying.
According to the National Geographic special on this incident "seconds from disaster" at the end they say the Captain was sentenced to a year in PRISON for "criminal negligence" after the investigation revealed that the crew did not complete any fuel logs and should have noticed the fuel leak before even going feet wet in Canada. The copilot was supposedly stripped of his commercial pilots liscense and never allowed to fly for profit again in Canada.Don't forget Capt. Piche and Crew:
"On August 24, 2001, Capt. Robert Piche (a pilot for the Canadian charter airline Air Transat) did something that I would have (until now) flatly told you was impossible had it been proposed.
Air Transat Flight 236, an Airbus A330 twin-engined aircraft with 304 aboard, was in transit from Toronto to Lisbon on August 21st. The A330's ETOPS rating is 120 minutes. Over the Atlantic, the crew received a warning that the right engine had developed a fuel leak. It was shut down. At this point, the aircraft is theoretically able to fly on the remaining engine for the duration of its ETOPS (120 minutes); accordingly, the aircrew declared that they were diverting to Lajes airfield in the Azores islands, approximately 150 nm away.
There were further problems, however. The fuel leak was caused by a pipe breaking inside one of the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 series engines. This leak, which was caused by a low-pressure fuel line coming into contact with one of the hydraulic lines, ended up draining the entire fuel system, perhaps due to an improperly-acting weight and balance controller or valve. In any case, thirteen minutes after the right engine was shut down, the left engine experienced flame out from fuel starvation.
At the time this happened, the airplane was 85 nm north of its destination (and the nearest airfield), flying at 34,500 feet. When the second engine failed, generated electrical power was lost; hydraulics apparently continued to function, driven by the 'windmilling' fans of the left engine and their associated generator.
Capt. Piche and crew managed to fly the unpowered jetliner for 85 (some sources say 100+) nautical miles, and landed it at Lajes airfield on Terceira island. The landing blew eight of the ten tires on the airplane; however, it remained otherwise intact, and evacuation was complete within 90 seconds. Less than a dozen people were injured, all minor; most of those occurred during the evacuation."
Is is how Delta got its nickname.Is that how TACA got it's nickname--Take A Chance Airlines?
Bye Bye--General Lee
To show all how important fuel logs are here's a story. In the early nineties (I think) there was a TWA L1011 going HNL to LAX or SFO. A ways east of HNL the engineer noticed much greater than normal fuel burn. The Capt ordered a turn around and they landed on fumes.the crew did not complete any fuel logs and should have noticed the fuel leak before even going feet wet in Canada.
Similar story: About six years ago ATA had a engine fuel line break on a 757 enroute to PHNL (past ETP) - the crew caught the abnormality through use of proper procedures, performed a precautionary shutdown on the engine (per the manual), diverted to Kahalui, landed with just a bit more than fumes. Again, had they been asleep at the switch - they would have become a glider and quite possibly had to ditch.To show all how important fuel logs are here's a story. In the early nineties (I think) there was a TWA L1011 going HNL to LAX or SFO. A ways east of HNL the engineer noticed much greater than normal fuel burn. The Capt ordered a turn around and they landed on fumes.
Here ya go, Gup:Heavy rain? I thought he flew through hail and shelled both motors.