An American Airlines Boeing 767-200ER which was badly damaged by an engine failure at Los Angeles International on June 2, 2006, has finally been broken up on-site. The 21-year-old aircraft (N330AA) was undergoing a ground run-up of the No 1 (left) General Electric CF6-80A engine when the high pressure disk ruptured. The engine was being tested after the crew bringing the aircraft in from the New York reported abnormal power response from the engine. When it let go, the disk punctured the fuel tank in the wing, slicing partially through the aircraft’s belly and damaging the keel beam and No 2 engine. The subsequent fire engulfed the wing and the rear fuselage and the aircraft was written-off. The FAA later issued an airworthiness directive mandating the inspection and reworking where necessary of all CF6-80A high-pressure turbine rotor disks before the end of 2008.
(pic credit: Tim Wagenknecht/TPW Photography)