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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 156855
Last updated: 3 February 2021
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Date:06-JUN-2013
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320
Owner/operator:British Airways
Registration: G-EU..
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 150
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:London Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
Destination airport:Bucharest-Otopeni International Airport (OTP/LROP)
Narrative:
A British Airways Airbus A320 sustained damage to an engine at London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL). A baggage handler had left his luggage-scanner gun on the cowling and forgot to remove it. During startup, the scanner was ingested by the engine, causing damage reportred in the press as 4 million ($6 million). After hearing a loud bang, the pilot aborted takeoff and evacuated the 150 passengers on board.

According to The Sun, nobody has been suspended over the blunder not even the baggage handler who made the six million dollar mistake. The airline, however, is investigating the incident, which could have been much worse if it had happened after takeoff. The plane has already been repaired, and the passengers made it to their destination of Bucharest, Romania, about three hours late.

News reports on June 20 said the incident "happened at the start of the month", and led to a delay of about three hours before a replacement aircraft had been prepared.

Of all twice-daily flights from Heathrow to Bucharest, BA884 on June 6 was the only flight in June with a substantial delay. It is thus presumed that the incident happened on June 6.

Sources:

1. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/10131494/Baggage-handler-causes-4million-damage-to-British-Airways-jet.html
2. https://flightaware.com/live/flight_event_history.rvt?ident=BAW884
3. http://gadling.com/2013/06/21/baggage-handler-accidentally-causes-6m-in-damage/
4. http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/baggage-handler8217s-epic-16-million-blunder/story-e6frfq80-1226667415418?from=public_rss


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Jun-2013 13:09 harro Added
21-Dec-2014 00:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Total occupants, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Jan-2017 16:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Location]

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