An American Airlines Boeing 777-200, registration N786AN performing flight AA-954 (dep Sep 22nd) from Buenos Aires,BA (Argentina) to New York JFK,NY (USA), was enroute at FL410 about 210nm eastnortheast of Orlando,FL (USA) when the crew reported a burning electrical odour in the cockpit followed by haze/light smoke. The crew decided to divert to Orlando where the aircraft landed safely about 40 minutes later. The aircraft was checked by emergency services before taxiing to the apron.
A replacement Boeing 777-200 registration N787AL reached New York with a delay of 8 hours.
Maintenance identified a seized equipment cooling fan as cause of the odour and haze.
The Aviation Herald
A British Airways Boeing 777-200, registration G-VIIO performing flight BA-2276 from Las Vegas,NV (USA) to London Gatwick,EN (UK) with 157 passengers and 13 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Las Vegas’ runway 07L when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed and stopped the aircraft about 800 meters/2600 feet down the runway, an arrival to the parallel runway 07R was instructed to go around. After coming to a stop the crew radioed “Mayday, Mayday, need fire services”, tower replied fire services were already on their way, the crew advised they were evacuating, they had a fire, they were evacuating. Seven people received minor injuries in the evacuation, two of them were taken to hospitals. Smoke and flames were seen from the left hand engine (GE90), emergency services responded and put the fire out about 4 minutes after the aircraft rejected takeoff. The aircraft received substantial fire/heat damage to left hand inboard wing and fuselage.
Las Vegas Airport reported flames were spotted at 16:14L (23:14Z), the fire was put out by 16:18L. Two occupants were taken to hospitals for minor injuries, a total of seven needed medical attention.
Passengers reported there was enormeous heat, that appeared to melt down a couple of passenger windows, smoke entered the aircraft. They evacuated down the slides and were taken to the terminal. Later the captain joined the passengers at the terminal and told them, that they had suffered a catastrophic failure of the left hand engine.
The airline reported: “The aircraft, a 777-200 experienced a technical issue as it was preparing for take-off from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Our crew evacuated the aircraft safely and the fire was quickly extinguished by the emergency services at the airport. 157 customers were on board the flight, along with three pilots and 10 cabin crew. A small number of customers and our crew have been taken to hospital.” The passengers were taken to hotels, hotlines have been opened for friends and relatives of those on board.
The runway was closed for 4 hours, the FAA issued ground stops for a number of flights inbound to Las Vegas.
Subject to Government Approval, Austrian from 04APR16 plans to resume Vienna – Shanghai Pu Dong route. Initially service operates 5 times a week (Day x26 from VIE, Day x37 from PVG) with Boeing 777-200ER, and increases to daily from 03MAY16. Reservation is now open.
OS075 VIE1320 – 0540+1PVG 772 D
OS076 PVG1050 – 1610VIE 772 D
Austrian cancelled this route in January 2007, with A330-200/A340-300 aircraft.