Friday, August 04, 2006

Engine Malfunction Caused Siberian Air Crash?

It's widely reported in the Russian press this day that it has been determined that the cause of the crash of an Airbus A310 at Irkutsk was that one of its engines went to takeoff power. all on its own. As best as we can figure out, the number 1 thrust reverser failed before landing, and when the aircraft landed the pilot deployed the number 2 thrust reverser. At that point the number one engine went to full tilt boogie.

Apparently this aircraft was equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines and fuel control computers. The spooks from East Hartford spiriteded the FCUs away for 'analysis'.


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