Miles_mechanic From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8684 times:
Hey everyone, listening to this post, it reminded me of the airline I used to work for, it is a small commuter airline here in Canada, but exactly 1 week apart, we had 2 Beech 1900's taking off out of the same airport, for the same destination, and both of them received hail damage. The second incident was more severe then the first as the pilots were scared that they were going to loose the aircraft as the turbulance was so bad. The funny thing is that neither storm supposedly showed up on radar on either aircraft. So we had a bit of repair work to do to both aircraft, but it was amazing as it was the same day of the week, just 1 week later between the two aircraft.
Anyone else have strange stories like this one and the main post of the topic? I remember seeing a pic of a Saudi Airlines brand new 747-400 that was written off as it taxied into a drainage ditch and bend the fuselage.
Made in 1962, Overran the runway in 1965 into a cabbage field...extensive damage almost caused it to be written off, but it was repaired and put back into service.
Only two years later, a pilot was being tested and the instructor cut one of the engines at V1 on takeoff. Coincidentally, the other engine on the same side failed at a critical moment, and they couldn't regain control and crashed. Three pilots died.
I read about this from the CVR transcript in the book "Black Box".
N707PA From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8512 times:
My vote would go to N7071, the first jet aircraft that was supposed to be delivered to Braniff.
The Boeing 707 N7071 was operating on a customer guarantee and acceptance training flight prior to delivery of the plane to Braniff. The plane was being flown by a Braniff captain and a Boeing testpilot as instructor. Other Braniff and Boeing personnel were on board as crew members and observers. A series of Dutch Rolls were performed; one of the rolls was executed beyond the maximum bank restrictions. Control was lost, but the aircraft recovered. During the recovery however, the no. 1, 2 and 4 engines were torn off. An intense fire burned away portions of the jet control near the no.2 engine attachment area. An emergency descent was carried out and the plane crash-landed along river. PROBABLE CAUSE: "The structural failure induced during an improper recovery attempt from a Dutch Roll which exceeded the angle-of-bank limits prescribed by the company."
Vimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1536 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7491 times:
I'd rate the Avro Tudor as the unluckiest airplane series to be built. Despite being Avro's first post-war transport design it had a series of unfortunate accidents caused by a mix of bad luck and design deficiencies. By the time these were ironed out, the airplane had already been rendered obsolete. It was one of the primary causes for the consequent demise of A V Roe as an airplane manufacturing company.
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
Socrates17 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7469 times:
Odd as it may be for me to post anything regarding military aircraft, I believe the Lockheed Starfighter F-104 was called the Widowmaker in the Luftwaffe due to a high percentage of accidents. I remember at the time many European Air Force representatives complaining that the U.S. had sold them a lemon, but I don't really recall any of the details.
RA-85154 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 618 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7147 times:
Read this interesting story in a book of mine on hijackings/bombings called 'Flights of Terror' by David Gero.
Here they mention "one of the unluckiest aircraft ever to have carried passengers":
Phillipine Airlines BAC 1-11 registration RP-C-1184 was twice targeted in a suicide bombing
First attack took place on June 3, 1975, when a man sett off a bomb in a lavatory killing himslef and injuring 45 of the 63 pax/crew. The crew landed safely and the aicraft was repaired.
Second attack took place on August 18, 1975, when exactly the same happened, the saboteur being ejected from the aircraft and the blast leaving a 2ft by 3ft ( c 0.6 m by 1m) hole in the aft fuselage. But again it landed safely. 3 pax of the 80 aboard were injured.
Unfortunately I haven't found any info on the rest of the aircrafts life...
Pretty amazing story...
: hope she is working without problems when i am in sydney next week!
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