UAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11 Posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3064 times:
I believe this is the last F9 737 that was being returned. Here is the story and a link. This aircraft has a long history of strange things happening....
DENVER - A Frontier Airlines plane had to make an emergency landing after mechanics working on the jet forgot to replace a critical part, 9NEWS has learned.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirms that on Friday, aircraft number 313 took off from Denver headed for Oakland. There were no passengers on board.
Just a few minutes into the flight, warning lights came on telling the pilots they were losing oil pressure. They turned the plane around and returned to DIA.
It turns out the plane had just undergone a "bore inspection" at the airport and the crew forgot the oil-plug. Investigators tell 9News that without oil the plane's engines would have only been able to operate for about 60 minutes. The flight from Colorado to California is roughly two hours.
The plane was empty because it was a lease-return being flown back to its owner in the Bay area.
Frontier tells 9News that it is taking the incident very seriously and an active investigation is underway. The airline has a spotless safety record since it began flying in 1994
Jamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2809 times:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't losing oil pressure cause excessive wear on those poor engines? It would be like buying a secondhand car off 'Dodgy Joe' that lives two doors away, only to have it break down every other day!
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2737 times:
Quoting B757capt (Reply 4): I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE THE NEXT GUY LEASING THAT AIRCRAFT.
It's not clear if the aircraft being returned was turned over to the lessor at DEN, or was to be on arrival at OAK, but either way if the engines suffered damage as a result from Frontier's error, one can easily surmise who'll be liable for any repair/overhaul costs...
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2100 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2625 times:
Quoting Jamie757 (Reply 11): I appreciate that, but isn't that going to cost the new operators of the plane money though?
I'm sure the leasing company would not lease out an aircraft if it was not airworthy or in good condition. The airline leasing the aircraft would also inspect the aircraft's service records to know what they're getting into.