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Old Feb 13, 18, 5:30 pm
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UA1175 Emergency Landing 13 February 2018

UA1175 SFO-HNL had an emergency landing

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Old Feb 13, 18, 5:41 pm
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Was on this flight. Very scary, after a loud bang the plane did not stop vigorously shaking. One pilot came out 10 mins after to take photos through the right windows to ascertain the situation. Very commendable calm from the FAs as they went through emergency procedures with the whole plane shaking like crazy for 35 minutes. The right engine cover seemed to have completely come apart.

Cannot thank the pilots and crew enough for getting us down safely.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 5:45 pm
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Originally Posted by rieuwa View Post
Was on this flight. Very scary, after a loud bang the plane did not stop vigorously shaking. One pilot came out 10 mins after to take photos through the right windows to ascertain the situation. Very commendable calm from the FAs as they went through emergency procedures with the whole plane shaking like crazy for 35 minutes. The right engine cover seemed to have completely come apart.

Cannot thank the pilots and crew enough for getting us down safely.
Good to hear that you are safe and that they handled it so professionally.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 5:53 pm
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Video from Twitter.
https://t.co/EKXUxDBw9q

I am so glad everyone is safe.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 6:04 pm
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772, in case anyone was wondering.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 6:13 pm
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Very scary... that's a massive engine (PW4077) and the nacelle just coming apart like that completely is a big deal. Aircraft is N780UA N773UA, a 1995-build 777-222.

The engine is designed to shear off and away from the airplane if vibration reaches such a critical level that it threatens the structural integrity of the entire airplane, but one wonders if the degraded aerodynamics of the engine sans nacelle affects that fail-safe design.

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Old Feb 13, 18, 6:19 pm
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Originally Posted by EWR764 View Post
Aircraft is N780UA, a 1996-build 777-222.
Actually appears to be N773UA, a 1995 777-222 which was operating UA1175 SFO-HNL today.

Looks like N769UA just arrived back in HNL today from XMN too, so perhaps there won't be much IRROPs with this one after all.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted by pushmyredbutton View Post
Actually appears to be N773UA, a 1995 777-222 which was operating UA1175 SFO-HNL today.

Looks like N769UA just arrived back in HNL today from XMN too, so perhaps there won't be much IRROPs with this one after all.
That's correct... N780UA flew yesterday's 1175. Thanks for catching that, will edit.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 7:09 pm
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Honestly my biggest nighmare flying, an engine problem over the middle of the ocean.

Good to hear the plane got down safely and the crew remained professional.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 7:10 pm
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Was the engine still operating (at reduced power maybe), or did they shut it down and operate with just 1 engine?
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Old Feb 13, 18, 7:36 pm
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Quick article on the incident.
https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ai...-watch-n847816
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Old Feb 13, 18, 7:41 pm
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I think they must have turned off the engine because the crazy shaking reduced just a little bit a minute or so after the initial bang

Nice call from UA just now apologizing and indicating full refund of flights. Kudos for bring us down safe and quick response.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 8:07 pm
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NBC News aviation expert John Cox, former executive air safety chairman of the Air Line Pilots Association, said that losing an engine cowling or casing wouldn't normally affect an engine's performance and that the plane and everyone on board wouldn't have been in any danger.
True. But I'm sure the perception of danger was off the charts. Most pax would interpret the outer covering blowing away and the shaking as major trouble.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 10:32 pm
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Was the engine still operating (at reduced power maybe), or did they shut it down and operate with just 1 engine?
I came to ask the very same question. None of the news articles I've read indicate whether the pilots shut the engine down or not.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 10:41 pm
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Nothing appears out of order on flight aware. Since it continued to HNL I assume it happened after midway point. Guessing it happened after 12PM PST as there was a drop in altitude and airspeed but then the aircraft climbed to higher altitude after 1PM PST. It even flew west of HNL to make an approach on 8R

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