Ash cloud Cessna engine damage conspiracy dispelled

cessna1.jpgA quick blog post to dispel some ash cloud-related rumors which are spreading like wild fire at the moment.

The following images were taken of a German registered Cessna Citation Jet (D-IEFA), which suffered an uncontained event in the left engine during a flight from Stuttgart to Bremen.

The aircraft returned to Stuttgart and landed without incident.

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They’re doing the rounds via email at the moment purporting to be the result of the aircraft flying through the ash cloud. That is not the case.

This NTSB report features the date of the incident – 1 March 2010 – and clearly puts this at least four weeks before any ash cloud disruption occurred.

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2 Responses to Ash cloud Cessna engine damage conspiracy dispelled

  1. Paul 19 May, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    I’m no expert, but it looks like a failure of a low pressure turbine hub. Ash could not have caused that.

  2. Sultan Almosrati 23 May, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    I am not sure if the cause from the volcanic ash; looks like blade separation or disk damage caused the uncontained engine failure. On the other hand cooling holes can be clogged causing the HPT, GG Rotor to experience excessive heat may lead to separation/ melting of blades

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