Euclid From South Africa, joined Apr 2005, 372 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4714 times:
Hi to all A.netters from a very new member!
A trip to Johannesburg International this morning to drop my mom off for a flight to Cape Town also gave me the perfect opportunity to start my first thread.
From the domestic departure viewing deck I could see Ndizani (the SAA 747-300 painted in that awful Cape Town Olympic bid promotional colour scheme) parked in an open field just across from runway 03L/21R, along with a DC8, 727 and a few other aircraft.
We all know that SAA has withdrawn their classic 747's from service quite a while ago, so does anyone know if this aircraft is waiting for a buyer or if it is perhaps waiting to be broken up for parts? Maybe someone with some inside information knows? Andz...?
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8359 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4683 times:
Euclid I saw Ndizani standing in the area between the runways when I left for CPT on Tuesday afternoon, I have to disagree with you on the "awful" colour scheme, I think that is one of the most amazing looking aircraft on the planet! Last time I asked my wife about is she said that SAA are looking for a buyer, but why she has been moved out into the middle of nowhere after standing behind Hangar 8 for months is unknown to me.
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Aviationwiz From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 954 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4459 times:
When I went to South Africa back in December, when I got off of an SA flight from CPT, I managed to find Ndizani right across the way from domestic arrivals, needless to say, I took tons of pics. Had SA not bumped me to business class for that flight, I would have missed it.
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54 Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4441 times:
I have been through about 4 times in the last month, and that a/c is not exactly in a field. It is parked on a remote taxiway between the 2 runways. They even parked an LH 744 over there one of the days I was there on it's day stop. I guess they moved it over there so that it frees up parking space near to the hangers and also the a/c is much more visible to the public out there too who I'm sure enjoy seeing it.
There were also some SA classics parked over at Denel Aviation at the far side of the airport too, that I saw when we landed on the runway at that side.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
NA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10054 posts, RR: 11 Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4321 times:
I also think this is one of the best special schemes. I hope we´ll see "Ndizani" flying again for some other carrier. The aircraft is 22 years old so there should be a chance.
When I saw her last (this February) it was parked behind the SAA hangars, so I couldn´t take a picture.
GARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1496 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3999 times:
Perhaps I am getting the aircraft confused with another, but didnt
"Ndizani" suffer a severe tail strike that resulted in her with drawal from
service? I thought I read something about it being uneconomical to repair
Euclid From South Africa, joined Apr 2005, 372 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3901 times:
She did suffer a tailstrike a while ago, but it was very minor. There was a picture of the damaged tail in one of the local newspapers at the time, and it did little more than just scrape off some paint. The flight crew were not even aware of the fact and had to be informed by ATC of the strike. I read the report of the accident investigation on the CAA's (Civil Aviation Authority) website. Will see if I can find it again a bit later, too lazy now. It boils down to wrong weight figures being mistakenly used in the calculations for the take-off speeds, and then rotating at too low an airspeed. My girlfriend's boss is the wife of a SAA pilot, and he told me that the crew involved was flying again not too long after the incident, presumably after an internal SAA investigation. Apparently a contributing factor was the fact that the flight engineer was having marriage problems at the time and as such had a lot of things on his mind, causing him to mistakenly use the wrong figures. Of course that is not mentioned in the CAA report. There are, as always in any incident or accident, a lot of other contributing factors as well.
Just found the report. If you want to see it for yourself, go to www.caa.co.za , click on Accidents and Incidents, select 2003, and scroll down to 11 March. The report will open in Acrobat Reader.
GARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1496 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3707 times:
Thank you very much for the detailed response and the link.
Its always nice to get the "inside" details.
Just as an FYI for me, how long after the tailstrike was it before she was permanently removed from service?
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8359 posts, RR: 11 Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3317 times:
Quoting GARUDAROD (Reply 18): how long after the tailstrike was it before she was permanently removed from service?
How's this for a coincidence....Ndizani's last flight was exactly a year ago today, 26 April 2004, she came in from Sao Paolo to JNB and was withdrawn from service....so just over a year after the tail strike incident.
I landed at JNB from BFN this evening and she is standing in the midfield at JNB with a motley collection of 727s, a 732 and what looks like a DC-8.... sad sad sight.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...