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Airtran Plane Under Tent At MEM  
User currently offlineBNAtraveler From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 411 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11659 times:
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I tried several searches here, but I couldn't find any topics on the matter. I just flew through MEM today and saw a Airtran plane on the ground with a white tent over the front part of the plane. It looked like a 737, but I was very far away.

Anyone know anything about this?

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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11665 times:

Painting Santa on the nose?



Mark

[Edited 2006-12-11 00:17:10]

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 11583 times:

The only thing the remotely comes to mind is a possible L1 or R1 windshield change (if a 737), but the weather is so dang good at the moment. they wouldn't really need it to keep rain out of the cockpit nor is it so hot as to require some shade..

User currently offlineN352SW From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 11544 times:

All FL operates to MEM is 717's out of ATL. I talked with my buddy at FL to see if he heard anything going on out of MEM yesterday or today and he said all Flt Ops were smooth.

User currently onlineMcdu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1466 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11503 times:

This may be the plane that they taxied off the pavement into a ditch recently. I read somewhere that it was being written off due to the damage it incurred. Oh and I do believe it is a 717.

User currently offlineMD11FR8Jock From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11461 times:

I'll be out there later tonight, i'll see if i can see anything.

User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11412 times:
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Quoting Mcdu (Reply 4):
This may be the plane that they taxied off the pavement into a ditch recently.

Bingo.

Quoting Mcdu (Reply 4):
read somewhere that it was being written off due to the damage it incurred. Oh and I do believe it is a 717.

I hadn't heard that one.



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11375 times:

Quoting Mcdu (Reply 4):
This may be the plane that they taxied off the pavement into a ditch recently. I read somewhere that it was being written off due to the damage it incurred. Oh and I do believe it is a 717.



Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 6):
I hadn't heard that one.

I didn't see it listed in the FAA prelim accident info. Any idea when it happened?


User currently offlineFoxecho From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 747 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11372 times:

something like 6-8 weeks ago...dude left landing gear a few hundred feet behind him from what I heard...

Andrew
JFK/MEM/MCI



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User currently offlineN352SW From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11325 times:

Here it is folks :

NTSB Identification: ATL07LA016
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of AirTran Airways, Inc
Accident occurred Friday, November 10, 2006 in Memphis, TN
Aircraft: Boeing 717-200, registration: N956AT
Injuries: 69 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On November 10, 2006, at 2312 central standard time, a Boeing 717-200, N956AT, registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA Trustee and operated by AirTran Airways, Inc., as flight 527, taxied into a ditch and collapsed the nose landing gear after landing at Memphis International Airport, Memphis, Tennessee. The scheduled domestic passenger flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 121 with an instrument flight plan filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The airline transport-rated captain, airline transport-rated first officer, three flight attendants, and 64 passengers were not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The flight originated from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, on November 10, 2006, at 2305 eastern standard time.

The first officer stated that she landed on runway 36R and was instructed by the tower controller to "make the next left turn, cross 36C on kilo, and taxi to the ramp on this frequency." The first officer stated that, once the airplane was clear of runway 36C and established on the taxiway, it was the appropriate time to be "heads-down" and complete the checklist. The captain stated that he saw gate C16 to his left and turned the airplane towards the terminal. The captain further stated that he "thought he was on the ramp pavement" and began to turn the airplane to the right. The crew stated they did not realize that the airplane had rolled off the taxiway until they felt the impact of the nose landing gear.

Examination of the accident site by an FAA inspector revealed that the airplane was located in the grass median off the right side of taxiway Charlie, approximately 100 feet south of taxiway kilo. The nose landing gear assembly had impacted a concrete drainage ditch and was separated from the trunnion and collapsed. The airplane's forward pressure bulkhead was punctured and buckled.


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11314 times:

Quoting Foxecho (Reply 8):
something like 6-8 weeks ago...dude left landing gear a few hundred feet behind him from what I heard...

Right you are...

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20061117X01683&key=1

Hope it's repairable...


User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11303 times:

NTSB has a preliminary synopsis up: http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20061117X01683&key=1

Joe


User currently offlineB757capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11201 times:

We have been told its going to be parted out and scraped.


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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8675 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11165 times:

Wouldn't this be the first 717 scrapped?

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineTWAL1011727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 629 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11162 times:

Hmmmm...Delta ripped the gear off an MD88 at LGA 11-12 years ago and repaired it.
Interesting how they could just scrap it when the A/C is relatively young.
Are they looking to get rid of the B717 fleet???

KD


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6104 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11125 times:
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Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 1):
Painting Santa on the nose?

Nice, Kind of reminds me of my Christmas cards. Except Santa is riding a plane not smushed on its nose. What airline flys that plane? What kind of plane is it?



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11059 times:
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Quoting Falstaff (Reply 15):
Nice, Kind of reminds me of my Christmas cards. Except Santa is riding a plane not smushed on its nose. What airline flys that plane? What kind of plane is it?

It looks to be Ryanair and a 737 model



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User currently offlineFlyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1017 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10998 times:

Quoting N352SW (Reply 9):
Here it is folks :

NTSB Identification: ATL07LA016
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of AirTran Airways, Inc
Accident occurred Friday, November 10, 2006 in Memphis, TN
Aircraft: Boeing 717-200, registration: N956AT
Injuries: 69 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On November 10, 2006, at 2312 central standard time, a Boeing 717-200, N956AT, registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA Trustee and operated by AirTran Airways, Inc., as flight 527, taxied into a ditch and collapsed the nose landing gear after landing at Memphis International Airport, Memphis, Tennessee. The scheduled domestic passenger flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 121 with an instrument flight plan filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The airline transport-rated captain, airline transport-rated first officer, three flight attendants, and 64 passengers were not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The flight originated from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, on November 10, 2006, at 2305 eastern standard time.

The first officer stated that she landed on runway 36R and was instructed by the tower controller to "make the next left turn, cross 36C on kilo, and taxi to the ramp on this frequency." The first officer stated that, once the airplane was clear of runway 36C and established on the taxiway, it was the appropriate time to be "heads-down" and complete the checklist. The captain stated that he saw gate C16 to his left and turned the airplane towards the terminal. The captain further stated that he "thought he was on the ramp pavement" and began to turn the airplane to the right. The crew stated they did not realize that the airplane had rolled off the taxiway until they felt the impact of the nose landing gear.

Examination of the accident site by an FAA inspector revealed that the airplane was located in the grass median off the right side of taxiway Charlie, approximately 100 feet south of taxiway kilo. The nose landing gear assembly had impacted a concrete drainage ditch and was separated from the trunnion and collapsed. The airplane's forward pressure bulkhead was punctured and buckled.

Wow. I wonder why Airtran hasn't published a safety memo on this!!


User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2448 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10962 times:

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 15):
Nice, Kind of reminds me of my Christmas cards. Except Santa is riding a plane not smushed on its nose. What airline flys that plane? What kind of plane is it?

I love that picture, I put it as my background on my computer every year. I believe its a Ryanair 732...long since retired.  Sad

Quoting Flyibaby (Reply 17):
Wow. I wonder why Airtran hasn't published a safety memo on this!!

Is a safety memo telling pilots to watch where they drive the airplane really necessary?  Smile



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10879 times:

Quoting Cactus739 (Reply 18):
believe its a Ryanair 732

Nope, look at the pitot tubes. They are more forward than the classic's pitot tube. Thats a 737NG.



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User currently offlineFlyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1017 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10840 times:

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 15):
Nice, Kind of reminds me of my Christmas cards. Except Santa is riding a plane not smushed on its nose. What airline flys that plane? What kind of plane is it?



Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 16):
It looks to be Ryanair and a 737 model



Quoting Cactus739 (Reply 18):
I love that picture, I put it as my background on my computer every year. I believe its a Ryanair 732...long since retired.

This is correct. They don't do it anymore..instead O'Leary spends his time painting protest messages about his competitors on the side of his 737s. I think the most recent santa paint job is this one:


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User currently offlineBh From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10774 times:

The 717 is under the tent and is being repaired. Total time down for repair is expected to be 30-45 days. Thankfully no one was injured. Apparently this is not the first time this has happened at MEM in that location of the taxiway, so I am sure there will be some investigation into the runway and lighting, also i heard that it was raining when this happened.

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10740 times:

Would much of these repairs be done by Boeing/MD people at MEM? I suggest this as the pressure bulkhead was damaged and from past similar circumstances, Boeing will usually be involved in such major repairs.

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 10524 times:

Quoting Flyibaby (Reply 20):

Thats not the same aircraft type as you posted like AsstChiefMark has in his post #1. Again, look at the pitot tubes, they're not the same.



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 10309 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 22):
Would much of these repairs be done by Boeing/MD people at MEM? I suggest this as the pressure bulkhead was damaged and from past similar circumstances, Boeing will usually be involved in such major repairs.

You're most likely correct, with repairs of this magnitude. Boeing did the repairs on our N471WN at MDW as well...


25 Memphis : If i'm not mistaken, the A/C in question was parked on the north end of the Signature ramp. Have they moved the A/C, or did they just pop a tent over
26 B757capt : I was told that the parts are so valuable that FL wants the aircraft scrapped because they are expecting another 6 717's from jetstar but, will always
27 Wjcandee : Could be, but the tent suggests repair rather than disassembly. More important might be the issue of what the aircraft's lessor wants the carrier to
28 Post contains images CBPhoto : Yes it is indeed a 73G that was originally posted. Looking at the letters on the gear door, it appears to be EI-CSC, a 738! Now in the Cable and Wire
29 JayDub : Anyone at FL know the nose number of N956AT? I used to have a printout off the AirTran "Today" website of all ship info (it's somewhere in the MX QA s
30 Gr8SlvrFlt : Anyone at FL know the nose number of N956AT? 716.
31 MSYtristar : Ship 716 is getting repaired. There are no plans to scrap it.
32 Positiverate : Yeah, but I don't think it that airplane's pressure bulkhead was breached. And no, AirTran is NOT looking to "get rid of the B717 fleet".
33 AirTran717 : I love all the speculation on here. Since I used to fly for FL, and was involved in a few incidents myself... The plane was preliminarily said to be p
34 JayDub : I have a history with 739...if any B717 on the planet were to be parted out...I would want it to be FL Ship 739.
35 Post contains images Scramjetter : Chemtrail tanks...
36 B757capt : Aircraft 318 has made my POS list........
37 Simairlinenet : I saw that plane a couple of weeks ago at the Signature ramp. At the time there was no tent over it. There was no nosegear and the front was on jacks.
38 Srbmod : When I worked for them a number of years back, 706 made my "s" list because it came in broke one morning and the flight myself killed a day trip I ha
39 Bond007 : No speculation at all! As you mentioned, the plane was going to be parted out - and some posted they were told just that, as you did. Others mentione
40 AirTran737 : 795 is on my shit list. I tore a hole in the wing of that old girl back in 2003. It wasn't my fault, and I don't feel like explaining the whole thing,
41 Jjbiv : That's quite an accomplishment. Aircraft damage hardly ever is the fault of the aircraft; that leaves one other possible culprit. Joe
42 B757capt : 318 is an aircraft that has APU problems all the time. It was on the delivery flight from boeing and the APU died on taxiout. Ramp return and delayed
43 AirTran737 : I didn't want to get into it, but after a lengthy investigation I was absolved of any blame for the accident due to the Air Wisconsin mechanic who wa
44 Jjbiv : Congratulations!
45 MSYtristar : Generally aircraft damage occurs when the ramp agent is either being: a) careless or b) careless
46 AirTran737 : Or C has a dumbshit mechanic wing walking for him who gives him an all clear signal. Therefore not the rampers fault. You trust your wing walkers. Th
47 BH : I know there is always people saying this or that is what is going to happen, But Ship 716 was never to be parted. When it first happened the immedia
48 BR715-A1-30 : In the short amount of time I worked with Tom, I noticed he was very laid back, but also VERY careful about his job. He was never one who was lazy an
49 MSYtristar : I just think it's odd that someone would talk about being involved in an aircraft damage incident on the internet...whether the person is responsible
50 AirTran737 : I don't have a problem talking about it because it was a good learning experience for all involved, and I have nothing to hide. I dealt with the acci
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