The nose section of G-ARWE was salvaged, and used on a Boeing 707-331B, TWA's N28714, c/n 18408. The recipient aircraft was previously registered N779TW, which had been hijacked on a flight from Rome to Athens. Its cockpit had been destroyed by a bomb at Damascus, Syria, on 29 August 1968. It was found that the rest of the airframe was undamaged. The nose section of G-ARWE remained intact after the fire, and thus was fitted to N776TW. That aircraft was test flown on 4 December 1969 and flew with TWA for another ten years as N28714. In March 1980 it was withdrawn from service and stored at Kansas, Missouri. In 1983 it was sold to Boeing and flown to Davis–Monthan Air Force Base for use as spares for the United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker fleet. N28714's registration was cancelled in March 1984.
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
ER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2249 posts, RR: 8 Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4774 times:
Two that come to mind are an AQ 737 that had part of the top of it tear away in flight on an inter-island flight in Hawaii and the UA 747 that lost its cargo door and a section of fuselage skin above it on a HNL to NRT (or was it HKG) flight.
Both were repaired and flew again
rbgso From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 576 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4694 times:
Wasn't there a fairly new E175 that overran the runway (in CLE I think) that sustained substantial damage to the nose. I think they riveted on a new nose shipped up from Brazil and the thing was put back into service.
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 6192 posts, RR: 25 Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4661 times:
The JAL DC-8 which landed in San Francisco Bay 2 1/2 miles short of the runway in 1968 - was refurbished at near the cost of the aircraft when new and flew on for JAL into the 80s. I think the plane ended up with Airborne Express as N808AX and was finally scrapped sometime late in 2001.
kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 11997 posts, RR: 36 Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4569 times:
And don't forget that SATA A320 that had a landing sufficiently hard to pop a few rivets; it actually flew immediately after that (i.e. before repairs were carried out); it has now been repaired and returned to service.
There was also a JAL 747 that slid off a taxiway at ANC; it was returned to service (although after a long time).
Probably the best example is a USAF C-130 that was buried in antarctic ice; I believe it was transported to Christchurch NZ, where repairs were carried out by ANZ. Tough old bird, the Herk!
It is purely economics. Almost anything can be repaired but for a price. The airline, owner (leasing company or bank), and the insurance company all determine what is the most reasonable and cost-effective course of action.
Also depends on an airline's fleet plans. If the fleet type was being retired or removed, then they wouldn't bother to repair the aircraft.
Engines, systems, doors, tails, and even wings can be replaced or repaired. However if there is significant bending to the fuselage or damage to the pressure bulkheads the aircraft will be written off.
"Damaged beyond repair" all depends on the extent of the damage, what parts need to be repaired/replaced, and the amount of labor required to repair.
A newer aircraft will often be repaired since it still has substancial value. The bar can be much lower on an older, fully depreciated, and paid-off aircraft.
This is often why you will see newer aircraft repaired, while with an older aircraft even a minor issue will send it off to retirement. An example of such was the NW DC-9-50 up in MSP a few years ago that lost braking power and collided with an Airbus. The damage to the DC-9 was repairable, but expensive especially for a 30 year old aircraft. Wheras similar, if not worse damaged occured to a NW 757 a fews ago in LGA but that aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7313 posts, RR: 60 Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4485 times:
AIR FRANCE B747-400 F-GITA
While landing in poor weather on Rwy 22 at PPT (Papeete/Tahiti) from LAX, on Sept. 12 1993, the aircraft hydroplaned into the Pacific Ocean on the west side of the runway after an engine failure (3 engines went on reverse, 1 went on full thrust). the aircraft was repaired and returned to service and was since then affectionately called "le GITAnic" by AF Crews.
It was retired from service by Air France in 2010 and broken up...
cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7724 posts, RR: 55 Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4423 times:
Mexicana landed a 727 gear-up on a training flight; as well as the minimum damage to belly and wings, it also caught fire. Was repaired and sold to Dan-Air. Sorry no reg but maybe others on here know her history better?
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
tb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1398 posts, RR: 4 Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4417 times:
We had a Falcon that landed short at LEX in it's previous life and punched the gear through the wing. It had a new wing put on it off another plane and is still flying today. It's a great airplane, probably my favorite 20, I think I have about 500 hours in it.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 21679 posts, RR: 23 Reply 22, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4401 times:
Quoting MattRB (Reply 10): C-GAUN, more affectionately known as the 'Gimli Glider'.
It wasn't really that severely damaged, mainly just the collapsed nose gear and some fuselage skin damage.
Another AC (then TCA) aircraft that WAS severely damaged but flew again was an almosts new DC-8-54F CF-TJM that overran the runway at LHR by about 2,000 ft. after a very late rejected takeoff on a flight to YUL and wound up in a cabbage field with major damage to the forward fuselage, engines, landing gear flaps, etc. Only a few minor injuries to the 97 passengers and crew. It was repaired in a BOAC hangar at LHR by a TCA and Douglas team and returned to service in 1964. It was the first DC-8 combi delivered (and the 2nd built). TCA was the launch customer for that model.