Date: 07 Oct 97 14:10:18 From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Organization: Concentric Internet Services References: 1 2 3 4 Followups: 1 2 3
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In article <airliners.1997.2418@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Malcolm Weir <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: [snip] >The point was, while all in-flight shutdowns are serious, possibly the most >serious type of event involves fan blade failures... It's bad enough to >lose an engine without bits of the engine whizzing around the rest of the >airframe (c.f. Sioux City...) Malcolm, I think you know that the Sioux City accident was not due to a fan-blade failure. It was due to a rotor-disk failure. All engines do have to go through a fan-blade-failure test just like they have to go through birdstrike tests (but not a rotor-disk-failure test). In most cases, a fan-blade failure should not cause a catastrophic failure of the engine.