Friday, 14 December 2018

Engineers honoured for preventing potential air tragedy

TWO engineers who work at RAF Benson have been presented with awards for preventing a potential air tragedy.

TWO engineers who work at RAF Benson have been presented with awards for preventing a potential air tragedy.

Brothers Adam and Matthew Vinnicombe work for Babcock, carrying out maintenance on the Grob 115 Tutor T1 aircraft for the Oxford University Air Squadron at the base. In August they were completing a maintenance schedule when they heard an unusual noise on each engine rotation.

An engine specialist was contacted and, after a number of diagnostic tests, it was discovered that an engine cylinder was badly scored. If not discovered, this would have eventually led to the piston jamming in the cylinder and engine failure.

The brothers were presented with certificates from the Royal Air Force Safety Centre by Gp Capt Simon Paterson, station commander at the base. He said: “It was a pleasure to present the ‘well done’ awards to Adam and Matthew for their excellent work in preventing a flight safety issue. Their attention to detail and professionalism almost certainly prevented an engine failure and is therefore worthy of recognition.”





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