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BA Flight No. 11 Heathrow - Singapore

Postby Travailes » Mon, 29 Oct 2012 1:36 pm

Anyone know why Flight 11 turned back to Heathrow on Sunday when it was above Kazakhstan after 6 hours into the flight ? Had a friend's mother on the flight who is now landing today on a Qantas flight but says there was no reason given. Anyone hear anything ?
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Postby x9200 » Mon, 29 Oct 2012 2:48 pm

Son, why so little faith in googles?

http://www.thebasource.com/b747-400-g-b ... -heathrow/

British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLN operating BA11 London Heathrow – Singapore (depart London 27th October) had just crossed the Kazakhstan border close to Uralsk when it turned back to London Heathrow due to low oil pressure on one engine. The aircraft was operating its first flight in service following a 10 day maintenance visit to Cardiff-Wales. The flight and today’s return BA12 were subsequently cancelled.

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Postby Mi Amigo » Mon, 29 Oct 2012 2:51 pm

I wondered if they might have had Borat on board and he tried to do a parachute jump. :mrgreen:
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Postby Travailes » Mon, 29 Oct 2012 3:35 pm

Interesting thanks.
Wonder why they went back rather than carry on bearing in mind they were half-way and the thing was good to get them home ?
Parts too expensive in Singapore ?
The pilots get to double their duty free allowance ?
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Postby Mi Amigo » Mon, 29 Oct 2012 5:04 pm

Looks like it was a fair bit less than half way:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/GBNLN
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Postby Saint » Mon, 29 Oct 2012 5:25 pm

Travailes wrote:Interesting thanks.
Wonder why they went back rather than carry on bearing in mind they were half-way and the thing was good to get them home ?
Parts too expensive in Singapore ?
The pilots get to double their duty free allowance ?


BA Engineers in Singapore are only there for routine daily inspections or very minor maintenance. All major maintenance and repairs are done in UK. Low oil pressure reading could be something as simple as a fawlty instrument but also more seriously a leaking oil pipe or gasket.

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Postby BillyB » Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:30 am

It was engine failure, and, like others have said, easier to repair on home soil and bring in a replacement as opposed to landing elsewhere, flying engineers out, putting passengers in hotel rooms etc.

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:46 am

Mi Amigo wrote:Looks like it was a fair bit less than half way:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/GBNLN


Judging by that map, If I were BA I'd have done the same thing. I don't see anywhere I'd want to have my engine repaired east of Germany / north-west of Singapore on that map.


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