Yesterday morning an incident involving a Qantas Boeing 747-438 flying from San Francisco to Sydney caused Julie Johnsson, the Chicago Tribune’s aviation reporter, to Tweet “3 words you never want to hear: “uncontained engine failure” from her Twitter account.
While the incident involving Qantas Flight 47 left the flight crew a number of options, including shutting down the affected engine about 45 minutes after departing San Francisco International Airport and requesting a priority route and and clearance back to SFO, the incident its self is quite scary for both the crew and passengers.
So … what does an uncontained engine failure look like? A passenger captured video of the incident from their mobile phone.
While this incident ended well for the passengers and crew with no injures in the air or on the ground … and even the no significant damage to the aircraft, aside from an engine replacement … I know this is something I’d not want to experience as a passenger.
Below is a SkyNews story including video of the engine surge flaring back from the engine past the fuselage.
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