A review of Globespan Group PLC by John Miller written on Friday 4th of January 2008
I have been in aviation from the age of 15 and have recently retired at the age of 63. During these years I worked in aircraft manufacturing and maintenance completing 14 years as a safety regulator with the UK CAA and the last 4 years as an instructor of aviation safety regulations. I have also held a pilot's licence and have flown in most parts of the globe in both aeroplanes and helicopters.
Rarely do I read an account from the general public of an aviation incident which accurately reflects the actual occurrence. The Globespan engine fire incident was not an engine fire but an engine surge. Although an engine surge is a problem it is extremely unlikely to prove to be catastrophic. The crew were correct to return the aircraft to the ground rather that fly on, and in order to do so they would have to reduce the aircraft to a safe landing weight by dumping fuel. This is a standard practice. As for landing on a rubber mat? This sounds like utter fantasy.
Once again we have public ignorance leading an attack on an airline. If you think safety has been compromised, make your complaints through an official channel, not through this kind of media which leads to histeria and benefits nobody, least of all the travelling public..
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