Dc10heaven From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 55 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 13137 times:
I read this story in The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) today. I can't find a link to the story on their website so I'll type it because it is short.
"A landing gear wheel fell off a NW DC-9 after it landed in Memphis early Wed. afternoon and bounced down the taxiway beside the plane. Shop workers estimated the tire weighed 200 pounds. The DC9 taxied to the gate normally, and all 117 passengers exited through the loading bridge. No one was hurt."
Tristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4309 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 12893 times:
Reminds me of a little story
A nosewheel fell off a GF Tristar on takeoff from LHR in 1978 bound for BAH. During the six hour night flight the Managers all got together to decide what to do. There was a slight problem because in those days BAH was very busy at 0530 when it was due to land with B747-200 departing.
Anyway about 0500 the Ops Manager made a decision..Let it land.. he said. The rest of us wondered what else it was going to do! The landing was uneventful and it taxied to the gate.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13765 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 12479 times:
Such events can occur for a number of reasons, often human error. Overtightened or undertightened wheel bolts, damaged wheel or bolts/lugs, failure to spot a problem, brake problems, metal fatague (a factor in older a/c) and so on. I hope they determine the cause soon.
Aogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 11962 times:
Its HIGHLY unlikely that a wheel assy falling off had ANYTHING to do with the age of the bird. Its much more likely that a mechanic who is unfamiliar with standard maintenance practices screwed up. Take that however you want.
AirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11665 times:
Quoting Nitrohelper (Reply 9): When do you think Northworst will replace the DC-9's? How about "is Airbus better than Boeing to replace the DC-9's" OK that's all for now ,,thank you
Just heard Doug speak of this Wednesday. He said that basically they are offering the ALPA NW pilots the first 500 pilot jobs to currently furloughed NW pilots to fly the new 70 and 100 seat range aircraft under what NW is calling "NEWCO," very similar to what they did with Pinnacle back in 1996. (Pinnacle believes that NW is not as interested in retaining their business as they should be - you would think they would go with Pinnacle before anyone else but you never know nowadays.)
They are currently considering the Embarer 170/190 (perhaps even the 195) to the CRJ 700/900 combo. However the pilot's scope clause is causing the two parties to disagree on how much salary these pilots will get and so NW has an RFP out with basically every commuter airline capable of offering these types of service (Mesa Air Group obviously in the front as they already operate CRJ 700 adn 900's for HP.)
If the pilots agree with NW and NEWCO is launched, it will depend upon how creative they the management can get as well as how flexible the courts will allow them to place an order for 100+ airframes, but Bombardier needs the CRJ 700/900 business very bad right now so highly attractive financing and terms might be able to be obtained. If NW decides to outsource the contract (and ALPA pilots at NW don't strike) than the prospect of retiring the DC-9's sooner may be feasible, but it all just depends upon various and numerous variables.
Dokken10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11636 times:
Quoting Aogdesk (Reply 10): Its HIGHLY unlikely that a wheel assy falling off had ANYTHING to do with the age of the bird. Its much more likely that a mechanic who is unfamiliar with standard maintenance practices screwed up. Take that however you want.
I agree, this happened years ago at NWA. We would get maintenance updates(sorry I can't remember the name NWA used) we called them read and sign updates. I do remember seeing this update. NWA found that the wheel assembly was installed improperly. They also found it was a 3rd party vendor that installed the wheel assembly last. Who's to blame on this one, I don't know but it makes you think.
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 32
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9764 times:
Gang, this really is no big deal structurally for the aircraft. Aircraft are, by their vrey nature, designed with fail-safe standards incorporated. The loss of one (or more) wheels is not a catastrophic event. Many aircraft have landed with blown/shredded/missing tires or lost them on taxi and been just fine after the tire gets replaced.
Unless it was mechanical/structural failure of some kind, the most likely scenario is the pre-torque/final-torque values were not followed properly when the tire was last installed.
DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(