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Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao  
User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5513 times:

Today's Bangkok Post is reporting the following:

The dogfight over Thailand's airline business has turned ugly with two Boeing 747s belonging to Orient Thai Airlines, the privately held Thai carrier that has spurred a fierce round of fare-cutting with its budget operation One-Two-Go, vandalised by intruders while parked at the Navy-run U-Tapao airport in Chon Buri.

More at Bangkokpost.com.

The damage to cockpits and engines was apparently so extensive that those jets will most likely be scrapped. What kind of pathetic losers would do this? They obviously had knowledge of 747s as they entered the planes via some maintenance doors.


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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5465 times:

Didn't see Spk's earlier post of the L1011, but they are reporting two 747s now...


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User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5144 times:

Are you sure they have 747's parked up??

User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6615 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5115 times:

I believe both 1-2-GO 747s (Is UTL in 1-2-GO c/s as well?) are still flying and are not stored, but there are a few 747s I have not seen for a while like UTB, UTC and UTJ.

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17068 posts, RR: 66
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5033 times:

Does the insurance cover vandalism? I mean it does for a car, but a plane?


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5023 times:

Wow... what can a vandal do to make an entire 747 not air-worthy anymore? Must have taken a lot of work!


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User currently offlinePlaneviewnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4957 times:

Shouldn't a Navy-run airport be secure from vandals?  Confused

User currently offlineSQ452 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4645 times:

Planeviewnyc

Technically yes the airport should be secure from vandals, unless the Navy vandalised the planes or let some people in  Confused



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User currently offlineKalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

It could be hitmen from TG, playing dirty. Just a surmise.  Confused


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User currently offlineAsteriskceo From United States of America, joined May 2004, 481 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3460 times:

That's really sick news.

User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1384 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3371 times:

Sad, 1st the Tristar and now the 747's. Very barbaric, just plain mean!


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User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2840 times:

I wonder where they have the money in the first place to leased those old widebodies. Normally new starts up will operate narrow bodies , either A320 or B737-300.


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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3631 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2820 times:

Question: How easy is it to access the wing spar? I mean, if they kind of knew what they were going for, how hard would it be to cut some holes or do something to the wing spar to make it too expensive to repair?

User currently offlineSnoopy From Switzerland, joined Oct 2001, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

If I didn't know better, it almost sounds like an insurance scam....

User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2617 times:

Question: How easy is it to access the wing spar? I mean, if they kind of knew what they were going for, how hard would it be to cut some holes or do something to the wing spar to make it too expensive to repair?

Not that easy, but if you know how to do it then I would imagine nothing is impossible. It'd be a bit stupid to do as if the spar failed then God help those near it!

Wow... what can a vandal do to make an entire 747 not air-worthy anymore? Must have taken a lot of work!


as simple as deploy all evac slides and damage the door seals, or trash the cockpit instruments. The plane is then static until they are replaced and checked. Trashing a lot of stuff in the essential category could mean extensive rewiring and replacements, which could exceed the value of what is basically an old aircraft.



User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

I'm not entirely sure if this is true of if Bangkok Post confused the 747s and L1011s... Journalists never do, right?  Big grin

I flew UTI from Phuket on the 24th, and:

HS-UTB 742 at BKK
HS-UTC 742 at BKK
HS-UTD 741 at HKT
HS-UTH 741 Parked in front of TG maintenance at BKK
HS-UTI 742 OX 266 HKT-BKK
HS-UTJ 742 at HKT
HS-UTK 743 OX 121 CNX-BKK
HS-UTP 742 at BKK

So unless they have more than 8 747s or it was on the night of the 25th, I don't see how this could be true.

The reports said there was extensive damage to the engines and items removed or broken in the cockpits.

Snoopy, wouldn't actually surprise me after flying them a few times and seeing how they operate...

9V-SVC, acquiring those classics was probably cheaper than any A320s. But it escapes me how they can keep operating them with the loads they have (CNX-BKK 137pax, BKK-HKT 36 pax, HKT-BKK 100 pax).



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User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6615 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

There's supposed to be an HS-UTL 743 around as well, in the new 1-2-Go colours.

User currently offlineSpk From Thailand, joined Jun 2001, 458 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1943 times:

The aircrafts that were thrashed have rego XU-700 and S2-ADR respectively. These are obviously L1011, not B747. S2-ADR has just recently been retired from Orient Thai's fleet and was in maintenance hangar in preparation to delivery to a Jordanian charter operator while XU-700 has been stored there for many years.

Some local newspaper even state that the aircrafts were Boeing 747 model L1011!  Smile


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