V Jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
It is true as reported by ABC Australia news online. I have heard that it is due to a rudder problem. Im sure there will be more details avail before too long. I sympathise with the Ansett staff who will have to deal with the general public who probably wont understand that this is being done for their safety.
Zanadou From South Korea, joined Nov 2000, 342 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 950 times:
2 (or 3), for the price of 1.
Ansett facing CASA maintenance probe
news.com.au staff and AAP
AUSTRALIA'S aviation watchdog is considering conducting an audit of Ansett's maintenance systems after the airline grounded six aircraft today.
Thousands of passengers around the country had their Christmas travel plans thrown into chaos after Ansett was forced to ground the Boeing 767-200 aircraft.
The planes were pulled from flying at about 7am (AEDT) as a precautionary measure after the airline realised scheduled service inspections were overdue.
The groundings - two in Melbourne, three in Sydney and one in Brisbane - forced the cancellation of eleven flights including international services between Melbourne and Hong Kong and Sydney and Bali.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said Ansett was actually forced to ground seven planes but one was currently being serviced and should be flying again by the end of the weekend.
CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said the other six Boeing 767-200 planes had passed their 25,000 cycles (one takeoff and one landing) without the necessary maintenance inspections as recommended by Boeing's manufacturer.
"They've realised that important inspections that should have been done haven't been done, there's nothing wrong with the aircraft," he said.
"It varies aircraft to aircraft, some are thousands of cycles overdue, some are just overdue."
Mr Gibson said it would take up to four days to service each of Ansett's planes and only one could be done at a time because of the intensity of the service.
"Each aircraft's going to take a number of days, two, three, four days each and they can really only do one at a time."
It may be weeks before Ansett returns to having a full fleet.
CASA stressed it did not ground the planes and that Ansett voluntarily made the decision to take the aircraft out of service.
CASA was now considering an audit of Ansett's maintenance systems but would first discuss the matter with the carrier after the Christmas holiday period.
He said CASA would also contact the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States because Boeing had a responsibility for tracking the inspection and maintenance of its aircraft around the world.
Ansett spokesman Geoff Lynch said the problem was likely to affect thousands of Christmas travellers.
"This has come at the worst possible time for us, the staff are very, very busy but it's not something which is going to be fixed today," he said.
Mr Lynch said almost all of the thousands of passengers booked on flights would be flown to their destinations today.
Extra aircraft were being chartered, other airlines contacted for spare seats, and dispensation sought to enable passengers to use spare seats on international flights within the country, he said.
The airline was rejigging its entire schedule in a bid to get passengers to where they wanted to go and would seek permission to fly extra services outside its curfew.
He said Ansett passengers should proceed to the airport as normal if they had not heard otherwise.
Passengers were warned to be prepared for lengthy delays.
The problem was confined to Ansett, and had not affected Boeing aircraft flown by other airlines.
There had been no incidents on the ground or in the air.
Ansett to put some grounded aircraft back in the air
Ansett Airlines hopes to have two of its grounded Boeing 767s back in the air by this evening.
The airline took six of its fleet of 10 767s out of service for precautionary inspections, causing 11 flights to be cancelled and hundreds of passengers to be delayed or stranded.
Ansett spokesman Geoff Lynch says the grounding was caused by a lapse in the scheduling of maintenance on the aircraft.
"We would have liked to have seen these inspections carried out in a staggered fashion but our quality assurance people have picked up the need to do them at this time and it's unfortunate that it's happened right now," he said.
Ansett Australia acknowledges the Christmas travel plans of many of its customers will have been disrupted by the grounding.
Kendell Airlines has been providing planes while Ansett's aircraft are grounded.
Mr Lynch from Ansett says alternative arrangements for passengers are being made.
"There are some passengers on a Hong Kong flight that are going to be affected tonight," he said.
"We're still working on a solution for a flight to Bali out of Sydney as well, but passengers on international flights we're hoping to get away at some stage today as well."
The groundings come a day after Christmas travel was disrupted due to a suspected fire in the control tower at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport.
Air Services Australia has begun an investigation into what caused the tower to fill with smoke and toxic fumes yesterday afternoon.
Thousands of summer holiday-makers had their flights delayed while air traffic controllers moved to the old control tower and air safety and fire services contained the problem.
The controllers were back at work in less than two hours and brought airline schedules back to normal by increasing the rate of plane take-offs and landings.
A spokesman for Air Services Australia said the problem is thought to have been caused by overheating in a computer or its components, and a thorough investigation is underway.
Air Services Australia's Richard Dudley says the airport was closed for a short period shortly before 7:00pm AEDT yesterday.
Mr Dudley says officers are not sure if there actually was a fire.
"There was certainly smoke and an acrid smell detected in the control cabin," he said.
"Under those circumstances, as a precaution, staff were evacuated and emergency services staff from the aviation rescue and firefighting area were called to the scene. They donned breathing apparatus and went up and isolated the problem.
"In the meantime we swung into contingency arrangements which resulted in us providing air traffic control services from the old tower."
QFTJT From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 278 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 932 times:
CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) have grounded 6 of 9 Ansett Australia 767-200 aircraft, after Ansett failed to perform routine Airworthiness Directives (AD) on their aircraft. To ensure commercial aircraft flying in Australia are kept up to FAA/CASA standards, routine airworthiness directives (AD) are carried out by the airline's to keep CASA happy.
This problem is management related, and the aircraft have no mechanical or structural problems. I think the stories coming from Ansett are a attempt of a cover-up