Arrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2676 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4188 times:
Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 1): And could this be just a Q400-specific issue or do all of the Dash 8 a/c ever built need to be looked at?
I'm betting it's Q400 specific. The DHC-8 100/200/300 fleet has been around for a very long time, and if corrosion was a factor it would have turned up a long time ago. Last example of a corrosion-related problem on a DHC model was in the flaps of the Twin Otter. A Twotter float plane went in the water in (I think) Vancouver when flaps were set at maximum and a pin on one side failed, dropping it into the water pretty hard after a partial retraction. There were some fatalities. Out of that came increased inspections on all water-based twotters, especially the salt-water based ones -- and a change in operating procedures -- no more full-flap landings on floats.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
TristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4309 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3683 times:
Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 1): So who's fault it is? Is it SAS's for not provided good enough maintenance? Or is it Bombardier's fault, for its design oversight?
Bombardier will have supplied a maintenance schedule to SAS, which SAS used to write the schedule which was approved by the Danish authorities. If Bombardier had not requested inspection of this bolt (which seems to be inside an actuator) then I don't see how SAS can be faulted. With these aircraft only having about 10000 flights, it is unlikely that these actuators would have been scheduled off for an overhaul (If they have a hard life. They may be on-condition.)
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 7036 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3241 times:
Tomorrow (Thursday) the Scandinavian aviation authorities will again decide whether the grounding will be lifted.
Anyway, even if they allow Q400 flights again, then it seems like SAS has cancelled all Q400 ops until at least Tuesday next week.
They have an unknown number of planes which in any case need repair and new spares before they can fly again. Planes which didn't pass the special landing gear inspection as dictated by Bombardier.
If they fly on Tuesday, then that means a total of 783 cancelled flights while 8 other airlines have helped SAS by performing 331 SAS Danmark flights. Those airlines are SAS Norway, Spanair, Cimber Air, Sterling Airlines, Jet Time, Atlantic Airways, DAT (Danish Air Transport) and MyTravel.
Especially Cimber Air is busy doing roughly half of those 331 flights with their quite small ATR and CRJ fleet.
The situation is much the same in Sweden.
SAS Norway is less severely hit, but that's mainly because all Q400 flights between Denmark and Norway are operated by SAS Danmark.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs