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  • MD-11 false fire alarm at Winnipeg - photo
    Posted by Guy Norris 6:30 AM on Feb 02, 2012

    Last night I was attending an evening reception at the Western Canada Aviation Museum in Winnipeg to mark the opening of GE/StandardAero’s Engine Testing, Research and Development Center (TDRC), when an unexpected drama unfolded before us. On the ramp, immediately in front of the museum, a UPS MD-11 was surrounded by what appeared to be Winnipeg airport’s entire fire department.

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    (Guy Norris)

    The aircraft, registration N252UP, had been en-route from the company’s main hub at Louisville, Kentucky to Anchorage, Alaska, when the crew received indications of a fire on board. As they were 190 nm north of Winnipeg at the time, they diverted for a safe landing on the airport’s runway 13. According to the Aviation Herald no sign of a fire was discovered and the event was deemed a false alarm. However, on leaving today it seemed UPS was taking no chances and the suspect aircraft was undergoing a thorough examination. Meanwhile a sister aircraft had arrived and cargo was slowly being transferred into it from N252UP.

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    Freight is transferred to a sistership from N252UP (right)

    Tags: tw99, MD-11, UPS, Winnipeg

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