EasyJet A320 Fan Cowl Detached


Check out these photos from UK's Daily Mail of the easyJet A320 that lost a fan cowl yesterday. Thankfully the pilots safely landed the four-year-old aircraft and no one was hurt.

And thankfully the incident was far less damaging than the British Airways A319 that lost all cowls on May 24, which resulted in a fire in one engine.

In this recent Air Accidents Investigations Branch bulletin, it points out most fan cowl losses happen during takeoff and emphasizes: 

Following previous events of fan cowl door separation 
on A320-family aircraft, Airbus recommended that 
operators strictly adhere to Aircraft Maintenance Manual 
(AMM) task 71-13-00 for proper latching and closing of 
fan cowl doors after each maintenance action requiring 
cowl opening. 

The Airbus A320-family Flight Crew Operating 
Manual (FCOM) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 
PRO-NOR-SOP-05 for the exterior walk-around 
includes a check on each engine that the fan cowl doors 
are closed and latched. To perform this check it is 
necessary to crouch down so that the latches are visible.

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