Was flight BA762 close to “catastrophe?”

The UK Guardian has reported that UK aviation authorities deny US investigators’ claim that one engine shut down and one was on fire before Heathrow emergency landing.

Apparently, information from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) which is assisting the UK Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) suggests that last week’s incident may have been more serious than so far revealed.

The NTSB, which is involved because the engines on the plane were manufactured in the US, has claimed that the engine cowls on both engines were torn from the plane or or after take off. Footage taken from on board the plan which you can see here clearly shows one engine at least missing a cowl.

The US authorities have reported that one engine was shut down and the other on fire at the time of the emergency landing.  This report is apparently denied by the AAIB which is expected to publish an interim report tomorrow.  At the time of writing this, the writer could find no mention of the reported disagreement between the two agencies on either of their websites or twitter feeds, but if further information comes to light we will update the report.

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