Foam parties always sound like
a good idea. But they can get messy.
A Virgin Atlantic passenger
jet was grounded after a botched ‘water cannon salute’ by airport firefighters
clogged its engines by spraying thick fire-suppressing foam instead of water.
The VS plane – with its
‘Beauty Queen’ name emblazoned on the fuselage of the Airbus A330-300 -- had
just landed in Manchester with 188 passengers on board after a high-profile
inaugural flight from ATL.
The plane was set to depart
MAN after passengers enjoyed experiencing the watery tradition of a water
cannon salute. It wasn’t long before passengers were suffering through an
As firefighters positioned
themselves to spray a giant arc of water over the top of the jet, one of them
mistakenly pressed the button marked ‘foam.’
Instead of water pouring over
the aircraft, it was this thick foam which clogged the sensitive engines and
hi-tech turbine blades.
Dripping with residue, the
plane sputtered off to undergo a top to bottom safety check.
Over 250 departing passengers
set for a 10.35am instead faced a five hour delay before finally being told the
flight would have to be cancelled altogether. Pax were put up in hotels in
preparation for a replacement flight this morning.