Braybuddy From Brazil, joined Aug 2004, 5476 posts, RR: 34 Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 14101 times:
Would it be as dirty if it was in service? Bearing in mind that the more hours in flight the more productive an aircraft is, surely one that spent most of its time flying would be above the clouds, therefore unable to attract the rain-borne pollution like the one in the photo?
Euclid From South Africa, joined Apr 2005, 372 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 13346 times:
Quoting Andz (Reply 9): Definitely not, I remember seeing this plane at JNB and it was pristine.
The Hydro group of companies has a bit of an obsession with cleanliness. I used to work for Hydro Holdings in Silverton, Pretoria for a short while and every vehicle bearing their name was kept spotless. The workshop floor was even kept as shiny as any floor in an army barracks before inspection. The cleaners would wash the floors every day from front to back.
Such a shame this plane is now in such a sorry state.
Hoya From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 365 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 11004 times:
If you look through the photos at the aviation-safety.net database link posted above, the aircraft sustained a lot of damage that is not seen on the pictures on airliners.net . The left wing was damaged heavily, particularly the flaps, and the left under-wing landing gear was ripped out during the accident. That is why the plane is leaning to its left, as part of the landing gear is missing. It's a write-off because it would be way too costly to fix.
MrMcCoy From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 377 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8073 times:
This aircraft was delivered to El Al in 75', El Al leased it to CAL Cargo, and then the aircraft was finally sold to Hydro in 00'. She flew for 2.5 years until her destruction upod landing in Lagos in 03'. The aircraft was worth more as a hangar queen as you see her than she was restored and placed back in service.
The wing spar was damaged, the flaps were damaged, as you can see the engines took a beating and the gear were all but holding the aircraft from the tarmac below. The aircraft owners can no longer be reached via the convential methods, so the future of this aircraft (even for part out, training, scrap, etc.) is uncertain. I do remember her being IMMACULATELY clean inside--smelled like a sanitized hospital inside.
It only takes five years to go from rumor to standard operating procedure.
Pelican22 From Ireland, joined Mar 2006, 65 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7396 times:
This aircraft is the subject of legal action by Hydro Air Cargo against the Nigerian Government. Hydro are trying to get the Nigerian Government to pay for the damage to the aircraft ( I d'ont think there is much chance of that.)after ATC at Lagos instructed the captain to land on a runway that was closed for repairs and the aircraft collided with the construction equiptment that was on the closed runway.
Glider From Belgium, joined Feb 2001, 297 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6676 times:
It's realy a shame she has been written off... She was a frequent visitor here in Brussels; a visitor I looked out for every time. Imagine, after all those visits, I never had a good chance to take a picture of her in her glory days...:-s