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Is This Really The Wreck Of The Crashed GF A320?  
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Posted (11 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4789 times:

Viewing the latest additions to the database, I found this pic:


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The caption says: also note fuselage part of A320 c/n 536, former A40-EM of Gulf Air, written off at Abu Dhabi, March 10, 1997

Is this really true? I mean yes, there is the number 536 painted on the fuselage part in the background - but it really doesn't look like a part of an old, written-off aircraft to me, more like an ordinary fuselage part for a new aircraft.

My suggestion: It's not A320 l/n 536, but it's rather the fuselage of A330/A340 l/n 536. What do you think?

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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 4708 times:

The body looks big, but the tail looks rather small for an A330/340


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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 4685 times:

Well the left fuselage and the tail are definitely parts for a new A320/A321. I'm talking about the right fuselage with l/n 536 painted on it.

User currently offlineXXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 4661 times:

The caption says: also note fuselage part of A320 c/n 536, former A40-EM of Gulf Air, written off at Abu Dhabi, March 10, 1997

I'm guessing but couldn't it be an old picture of the fuselage before the plane was delivered to Gulf Air?


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4585 times:

It´s certainly not the wreck of "the" crashed GF 320.

If any, it might be part of the OTHER GF 320 that was lost:

http://aviation-safety.net/database/1997/970310-0.htm

This confusion may be the solution.

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4550 times:
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The left portion of the fuselage is definitely an A320/A321, the right-side is either a A330/A340 fuselgae section and the tail section suspiciously looks like that one of an A320/321/319.



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User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5025 posts, RR: 44
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4451 times:

The right part is definitely NOT part of the Gulf Air A320. It's the rear section of an A330/340. Just compare it to the A32X fuselage on the right: it's clearly bigger than that one. Just compare the two doors, you'll see a clear difference. Also, the one on the right has the windows going slightly upwards relative to the top of the fuselage, something which is very typical of the Airbus widebodies, but is NOT seen on the A32X.

This is indeed number 536, but 536 of the A330/340 line, not of the A320 line.


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4325 times:

But then, what would a 330/340 hull do at XFW?

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4243 times:

But then, what would a 330/340 hull do at XFW?
All bodies that fly around as a full Airbus have earlier been to XFW... At least every A320, A330 and A340. The front anb back parts are built there and then the twice-daily Beluga brings them to Toulouse where they are made into an "real Airbus".
When I was at Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder back in 2001 I got to see the first fuselage of the A340-500 and also the first SAS A340 which was later delivered as SE-REA now touring the skies as LN-RKF. It's cool that they add a sticker to every part they produce so you can always tell what airline that piece of plane will serve in the future.

Max

Btw: How about a HLX flight to HAM with a tour at Airbus and then go home again... Just an idea...


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4181 times:

If those are parts for Gulf Airbuses, why do they have N numbers (US registrations) painted on the fuselauge???


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User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

I understand this N stands just for the number of the aircraft.

At this early stage, the only registration would be a preliminary German D or French F.

>>>Btw: How about a HLX flight to HAM with a tour at Airbus and then go home again... Just an idea...

Hey, please let me first return from IST, LED and STN, then we can talk about future projects  Nuts

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4083 times:

Sorry to burst your bubble L-188 but just because there is a N mentioned it does not mean its the reg !!

Thats the construction number and I would guess its for c/n 536 a Emirates A330-200.


The moderators should be advised of this and his wording changed


User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

I also think that those N-numbers have nothing to do with a reg. As mentioned earlier they would either be D-xxx or F-xxx and besides that you don't add a license-plate if you buy a new tire for your car to identify it as part of your vehicle. At this point these parts are just pieces that later join together to be a plane which then get's the reg.
When I was at XFW I saw the planes carry a reg. as soon as they were moved around on their own landing gear.

Hey, please let me first return from IST, LED and STN, then we can talk about future projects
Well I was thinking about this tour also in between of my MAD, ARN, NCE, MAN and IST flights, so no excuse  Laugh out loud

Max


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3851 times:

It wasn't any skin off my nose.

Just floating the possiblity.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3822 times:

The fuselage to the the right is definitely not a part of the A320 A40-EM from Gulf Air. It is the aft section for a A330-200 (cn 536)for Emirates, which is to be delivered on the 1st of June, 2003.

Fritzi



User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3763 times:

LEFT = c/n 1989 Finnair A321 OH-LXI
RIGHT = c/n 536 Emirates A332


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