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#1 Post by 2milefinal » Mon Aug 20, 2007 4:22 am

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#2 Post by invertedattitude » Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:33 am

You think it looks bad, check the video herE:

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/ ... 769945&ch=
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#3 Post by pontius » Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:05 am

Thankfully all the passengers and crew escaped, but the press, as usual,
refer to the burning fuel as petrol, gasoline, benzine depending on where you are. Sometimes I think that journalists exist in their own universe, untouched and uninterested in anything that might have to do with facts.
Hey, maybe that was the cause of the fire; the jet was filled with gasoline instead of kerosene-that`ll do the trick. If so, I take back all I`ve said about journalists.
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#4 Post by N2 » Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:59 pm

Hoeri fruk! :lol:
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#5 Post by Axial Flow » Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:23 pm

Another center fuel tank explosion ?
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#6 Post by amraam » Mon Aug 20, 2007 6:38 pm

Looks from the BBC video to me that the fire may have started near the main landing gear. Brake fire from overheating brakes that ignited lightly loaded fuel tanks perhaps?

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#7 Post by FamilyGuy » Mon Aug 20, 2007 6:56 pm

Glad to see no fatalities...therefore... :D

I think I've seen that interviewed girl before in another "video"...

Their new slogan:

Air China - come fry with us.



Pun on enrgrish only...couldn't resist. :P
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#8 Post by asdfasd » Mon Aug 20, 2007 9:26 pm

I believe one of the new programs I saw said it had just undergone maintenance at the previous base. My bets are on a fuel leak which only ignited after landing due to the lack cooling air over a hot engine.

Just speculation of course.
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#9 Post by twinpratts » Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:48 pm

:shock: Crazy...
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#10 Post by privateer » Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:18 am

i bet it was just another unsafe practice. China airlines dosen't exactly have the best safety record. I can't wait to see what happens to all of these new chinese pilots go back and fly these airbus and boeings. Scary :shock:
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#11 Post by teacher » Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:28 am

Pretty crazy picture.......

CAL 737-800 that caught fire had punctured fuel tank

By Leithen Francis

Investigators in Japan have found that the China Airlines (CAL) Boeing 737-800 that was destroyed by fire on 20 August had a bolt on the right wing slat that pierced the fuel tank.

Chief investigator at Japan’s Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission, Kazushige Daiki, told reporters at a press conference in Okinawa that investigators have found a bolt on the 737-800’s right wing slat that had pierced the fuel tank creating a 2-3cm hole.

“The bolt pierced through the fuel tank, and we believe that caused fuel to leak out,” he said.

The CAL 737-800 caught fire on the morning of 20 August soon after it parked at the terminal at Naha airport on the southern island of Okinawa.

All 165 people on board escaped safely before the aircraft become engulfed in flames and was destroyed.

Japanese authorities as well as Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration are investigating the incident.

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/20 ... -tank.html
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#12 Post by CAL » Fri Aug 24, 2007 10:23 pm

that really does not help us much....where did the bolt come from? was it part of the slat that not properly secured and tore a hole in the tank when it was extended? then....hot brakes boom fire?....weird....regardless of what you drive this just seems weird....anyone else have any info?
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#13 Post by North Shore » Fri Aug 24, 2007 10:43 pm

Over at PPrune, they are into their 5th page on this subject..
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