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What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?  
User currently offlineCall911mfc From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 54 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 17220 times:

I can't find any more about what happened to the UA 747 Reg N4713U flying as flight 811 that had an explosive decrompression en route from HNL to Aukland/Sydney back in 1989. The cargo door failed and tore off a large section of fuselage on the right side, taking out several rows of seats and 9 passengers as well.

I grew up in Hawaii under the flight path to HNL and I remember it coming in over the house late that night. I thought it unusual since noise abatement forced them to an overwater approach from 0700-1900.

I can't find any info about the aircraft after the incident. I was curious if it was repaired and returned to service or was the airframe scrapped?

If anyone knows any info, it would be greatly appreciated.

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User currently offlineZKNBX From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 464 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 17212 times:

A/c was reparied and put back into service with UA. Where it is now I can't say.

User currently offlineJoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 802 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 17194 times:

Was repaired, and put back into service with UA in 1999.

However was re-registered N4724U according to wikipedia.

The A/C was then taken out of service and passed onto Air Dabia as C5-FBS in 1997. According to airfleets.net it has been stored since 2000.


User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 17164 times:

Quoting Joffie (Reply 2):
Was repaired, and put back into service with UA in 1999.

However was re-registered N4724U according to wikipedia.

The A/C was then taken out of service and passed onto Air Dabia as C5-FBS in 1997. According to airfleets.net it has been stored since 2000.


Time travel possible?
In 1989 repaired and put back into service with UA with new register

The plane was flying with Air Dabia in 1996

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Stored since 2000

[Edited 2006-09-20 09:50:31]

[Edited 2006-09-20 09:51:25]


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User currently offlineTitch From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 328 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 17025 times:

The airframe was broken for spares at Plattsburg, NY in 2004 after being stored for a number of years.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Titch



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User currently offlineCall911mfc From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 16801 times:

Thank guys. I knew a.netters would be able to answer that question!

User currently offlineEFCar98 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16586 times:

I remember seeing a mini documentary on 20/20 about ten years ago that exposed the fact that the plane involved in that incident was put back into service. United was portrayed as irresponsible for their choice to put it back in service.

User currently offlinePositiverate From United States of America, joined May 2005, 1590 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16540 times:

Quoting Centrair (Reply 3):
Time travel possible?
In 1989 repaired and put back into service with UA with new register

Relax...clearly he made a typo.


User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2220 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 16284 times:
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EFCar98

So what your saying is that UA, the FAA, and Boeing are wrong and that the engineering studies and test performed after repairs are lies and should never have happened?



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 16255 times:

Quoting M404 (Reply 8):
So what your saying is that UA, the FAA, and Boeing are wrong and that the engineering studies and test performed after repairs are lies and should never have happened?

No, I think he's saying that 20/20 portrayed United as being irresponsible for their choice to put it back in service....

(Just like the Pope, just because someone cites something doesn't necessarily mean they personally subscribe to it themselves...)  Wink


User currently offlineEFCar98 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 16135 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 9):
No, I think he's saying that 20/20 portrayed United as being irresponsible for their choice to put it back in service....

(Just like the Pope, just because someone cites something doesn't necessarily mean they personally subscribe to it themselves...)

Thanks,

It sucks getting torn apart just for adding your $.02. Those like OPNL who know what the deal is are greatly appreciated.

Eitan


User currently offlineVirgin747 From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 13698 times:

I see both sides.... I'd be upset too if I found out that the plane that killed a family member was put back into service considering they found a flaw in the 747.... But at the same time thats at the time a 80 million piece of machine doing nothing ... like a few other Boeing planes that have bit the dust, its just cheaper to repair them, then to go buy a new one.

User currently offlineJoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 802 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 13445 times:

Quoting Positiverate (Reply 7):
Time travel possible?
In 1989 repaired and put back into service with UA with new register

Relax...clearly he made a typo.

Thanks

Indeed, I did mean '89.


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