MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4401 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7512 times:
aiai, that sounds like the first 737NG write off (the Southwest Midway overrun aircraft is being repaired). Most important of course is, this time noone got killed. Please keep us updated, can someone translate the article? Hmm saw the link in the first reply in the meantime, the frame condition doesn't look THAT bad, I think they might repair that one as well.
[Edited 2006-03-18 15:37:14]
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4495 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3918 times:
Quoting Jj (Reply 10): Isn't it weird how the aircraft ended "nose up"? I'd never seen a 737 with a gear collapse end that way...
Interesting question. I'd say that the most likely explanation is that it's sitting on the right engine pod and left main gear, and that the rear of the right engine pod is significantly further forward than the right main gear. Here's a pic that illustrates the difference:
so my conjecture is that it's doing the "taildragger" thing: the center of gravity is aft of the engine pod, causing the tail to go down and the nose to rise. That, combined with the possible offloading of pax and baggage, may have contributed to that situation. I'm not sure, though. It almost doesn't seem as though the pod is that much further forward, at least not enough to cause the tip backwards.