July 8, 1996

Incident at CHURCHILL MB (CYYQ)

The crew of N187US started the no. 2 engine for ground testing when fuel which was escaping from the tail pipe area ignited and subsequently ignited fuel which had pooled on the apron area. The starting sequence was discontinued. The engines were shut down and the fire on the tarmac was extinguished. There was no damage to the aircraft or injury to personnel. The crew are awaiting a ferry kit so that the airacraft can be flown on a three-engine ferry flight back to Calgary.

July 7, 1996

Incident at CHURCHILL MB (CYYQ)

The crew of N187US started up the no. 2 engine when a fire ignited because of unburnt fuel in the tail pipe which caused flames to shoot rearward some 8 feet. Maintenance suspect igniter problems. The starting was discontinued. The aircraft is still on the ground in Churchill. UPDATE: Maintenance personel in Calgary traced the engine problem to a fault with the flow divider, which was replaced. The flap problem was traced to a flap control torque limiter which was causing the flaps to lock up. All four flap torque limiters were replaced. The old -9 torque limiters were replaced as per a BAE service letter with an upgraded - 11 torque limiter. The operator has experienced similiar problems with the old -9 torque limiters and will be informing the Civil Aviation Authroirities in Dublin, Ireland.

July 6, 1996

Incident at CHURCHILL MB (CYYQ)

The aircraft departed Calgary on a ferry flight with a crew of 3 and 1 passenger enroute to London, England with scheduled fuel stops at Churchill, Iqaluit, and Keflavik respectively. While on approach to Churchill the crew reported a flap malfuntion, so the crew performed a flapless landing without further incident. (This is a series of 3 events. Two more to follow.)