Lufthansa A343 near Cologne on Aug 13th 2017, engine shut down in flight
Last Update: August 15, 2017 / 19:18:56 GMT/Zulu time
On Aug 15th 2017 a passenger reported (see "The Duke", Aug 15th 2017 09:26z below) that approximately two hours before landing in Cologne the crew announced there had been a minor technical problem while crossing the Atlantic, nothing to worry about, however they had a higher fuel burn than normal, they would be diverting to Cologne as result. After landing the crew announced maintenance was trying to fix the issue, a o-ring was being suspected. About 75 minutes after landing the crew announced however that a cracked fuel pipe was discovered, that could not be fixed in Cologne due to lack of spare parts. The passengers therefore disembarked, most of them were bussed to Frankfurt.
On Aug 15th 2017 The Aviation Herald received information that the crew received indication that the #2 (inboard left hand engine's) fuel filter had been clogged while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Some time later a fuel imbalance warning appeared. The crew rechecked their fuel consumption and discovered that at that point about 2 tons of fuel were missing, the #2 engine was checked and some mist was detected coming off the engine. The crew therefore shut the engine down with the option to divert to Manchester,EN (UK). Recomputing their fuel reserves the crew found out that Cologne could be reached with the final fuel reserve intact while Frankfurt could be reached only with less than the required fuel reserve remaining. The crew therefore diverted to Cologne. Maintenance discovered that a fitting of the fuel filter bypass had been torn out of the fuel pump casing causing the fuel filter clogged message and a fuel leak. The fuel pump was replaced.
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