Posts Tagged ‘Oslo’

[BBC News] The doors on both engines of the flight that made an emergency landing at Heathrow last week had been left unlatched, investigators have found.

Footage filmed from on board the plane shows the emergency landing

Footage filmed from on board the plane shows the emergency landing: Video courtesy BBC News

Air accident experts said the coverings – the fan cowl doors – broke off and punctured the right engine’s fuel pipe, damaging the aircraft’s systems.

A fire then broke out in the right engine of the Airbus A319 British Airways flight to Oslo.

The jet landed safely and its 75 passengers and crew were evacuated.

The aeroplane returned to Heathrow soon after taking off last Friday when black smoke was seen coming from an engine.

The findings were made in an interim report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which is examining the cause of the emergency.

‘Appropriate initial action’

The fire in the right engine broke out as the flight prepared to land, but the left engine was unaffected, the AAIB report said.

“Subsequent investigation revealed that the fan cowl doors on both engines were left unlatched during maintenance and this was not identified prior to aircraft departure,” the report added.

Keith Williams, BA chief executive, said: “We continue to co-operate fully with the investigation team and can confirm that appropriate initial action has already been taken in accordance with the AAIB’s safety recommendation to Airbus.”

Mr Williams added that he could not discuss any details while the inquiry continued.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the report contained “serious findings”, adding that the aviation industry “must act immediately to take the appropriate safety action and ensure that all lessons are learnt from what has happened”.

BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott said British Airways had confirmed that two different engineers would normally check whether a plane’s engine covers had been shut before take-off.

“One checks, the other double-checks – that’s clearly not happened in this case,” he said.

Mr Westcott added that BA’s mechanics were all staff of the airline, which would not say if anyone had been suspended.

‘Slight bump’

The aircraft underwent normal overnight maintenance which included opening the cowl doors and checking the oil levels, the report said.

Nothing unusual was noted during the checks before the flight took off, but the cowl doors would have been “difficult to see unless crouched down so that the bottom of the engine is clearly visible”.

As the plane took off the 50-year-old pilot reported feeling a “slight bump” and thought the aircraft had run over a light on the runway.

David Learmount, former pilot: “This is a bit of an accident waiting to happen because it is so difficult to see”

Air traffic controllers alerted the pilot about the flight leaving some debris on the runway, which later turned out to be the detached cowl doors.

When the crew realised the doors had broken off, causing a “significant fuel leak” and affecting the hydraulic system, the pilot decided to return to the airport.

The cowl doors also damaged the tyres, landing gears and the hydraulic brake pipe.

The right engine was “extensively damaged” in the fire, the report said.

Last July Airbus said there had been 32 reported……

Read the rest of this story at BBC News…..


BBC News
31st May, 2013




[] Terminal 1 passengers at London’s Heathrowairport are being invited to take part in a two-month ‘self-boarding’ trial in partnership with South African Airways.

“We are working in partnership with our airlines to trial this technology..... ” Ian Hanson, Heathrow’s Terminal 1 Director said.

“We are working in partnership with our airlines to trial this technology….. ” Ian Hanson, Heathrow’s Terminal 1 Director said. Photo: Geograph,org

Using these self-boarding gates, passengers pass through an automatic electronic barrier which takes an infra-red scan of their face. This information is checked against the biometric data that was taken at the check-in stage. If the data matches, the barrier opens and the passenger can pass through and board their flight.

According to a statement from the airport, this now means that a passenger’s identity needs to be checked by airline staff only once in the entire departure process.

“We are working in partnership with our airlines to trial this technology which should help make our passengers’ journeys smoother and simpler. Since its introduction we have had positive feedback from both airlines and passengers,” Ian Hanson, Heathrow’s Terminal 1 director said.

Reported in, similar self-service gates at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam have by now processed over one million passengers.

The gates at the Schiphol airport were made by Vision-Box, a Portuguese company specializing in automated border control systems and have also recently installed self-service gates at Riga International in Latvia.

Likewise, the Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway, is allowing passengers to check themselves through the gates using a biometric EasyPASS gate system.

Read the original story at…..
26th Feb, 2013

[The Guardian] Security staff were shocked to see human outline appear on monitors as suitcases trundled along conveyor belt.

The man was facing charges and undergoing medical checks in connection with his unauthorised ride

The man was facing charges and undergoing medical checks in connection with his unauthorised ride. Photo: Photograph:

Airport security officials monitoring bags for loading at Rome’s Fiumicino airport were shocked to see the outline – and several of the internal organs – of a human being on their X-ray screens. Minutes later, they found a 36-year-old Norwegian fast asleep in the collection area, having spent about a quarter of an hour trundling peacefully, if perilously, through Terminal 3.

The man was on Thursday facing charges – and undergoing medical checks – in connection with his unauthorised ride. Police said he had entered the terminal to catch a flight back to Oslo.

According to a report in the Italian daily La Repubblica, the man, who appeared to have been drinking heavily, dumped his rucksack on the luggage belt of an unoccupied check-in point, then lay down and went to sleep on the main beltwhere checked-in baggage is deposited. When the belt was activated by the ground attendant at another desk the Norwegian he was carried, fast asleep, through the powerful XX-ray machinery.

Police said his unscheduled journey had not exposed any security risk.”There is a security system – a sort of roll-up blind – which can only be opened by the member of staff who loads the baggage,” a police officer said. “[The Norwegian] could have carried on going round the main belt, but he could never have ended up in sensitive areas of the airport.”

The paper said the failsafe system was introduced about 10 years ago after a tramp found his way on to the conveyor belt and was carried off on a similar journey.

Read the original Story at The Guardian……

John Hooper, Rome
Thursday 9 August 2012

Boeing’s new long-haul aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner, visits Norway and Scandinavia for the first time on May 1.

The visit is a part of the aircraft’s world tour – The 787 Dream Tour

The visit is a part of the aircraft’s world tour – The 787 Dream Tour

The visit is a part of the aircraft’s world tour – The 787 Dream Tour, where Norwegian’s future customers and partners have the opportunity to experience the airplane up close. Norwegian is the only Scandinavian airline to have the Dreamliner aircraft on order and  has six lined up fodelivery.

The aircraft lands at Oslo’s Gardermoen airport on Tuesday May 1; during the three-day visit, media, Norwegian’s contacts and close partners will get a tour of the plane.

”We look forward to the Dreamliner visit, not least to show off the latest and most technologically advanced aircraft in modern aviation. This is an aircraft for the future, with a high passenger comfort and lower operational costs. The low fuel burn makes this aircraft the most environmentally friendly option for our long haul operation.,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos.

Facts about the 787 Dreamliner

  • 20 percent less fuel per passenger compared to aircraft of similar size
  • 25-30 percent lower NOx emission than comparable aircraft
  • Low cabin noise
  • Larger windows
  • Higher cabin humidity – less dry air
  • The aircraft’s makes the turbulence less noticeably
  • The 787 can fly more than 1,000 kilometers farther than competing aircraft

For more information see Boeing’s press release here:

12th April 2012