LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 29041 posts, RR: 50 Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 10232 times:
Quote: Delta reinspects 133 planes over wiring directive
Wed Mar 26, 2008 WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines said on Wednesday it is reinspecting 133 planes to ensure compliance with a government directive on wiring inspections, and expects some cancellations.
A spokeswoman said the airline, acting voluntarily but after consulting with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is rechecking its entire MD-series fleet, including 117 MD-88s and 16 MD-90s.
Delta said it expected some flight cancellations but was not more specific.
Pilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9978 times:
I saw this coming. Kinda of odd...our last RON flight tonight to DAB (which is an MD88) just cancelled, but the reason was because of hydraulic issues (and I'm assuming no more 88s were available). But usually they can find a ship to use in place of it...perhaps not now since they're need to inspect any that are ATL. Anyways, going home early tonight, hooray!
United1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 7061 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 9364 times:
I kind of assumed that after the FAA fined WN that all US Carriers would be going back and double checking ADs and maintenance records on all their aircraft. I'm sure we will be hearing cases like these pop up every once in a while for the next couple of weeks.
I know the voices in my head aren't real but sometimes their ideas are just awesome!!!
David21487 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9196 times:
Quoting Pilotboi (Reply 3): just cancelled, but the reason was because of hydraulic issues
DL0484 cancelled inbound tonight, in turn cancelling DL1773 CMH-CVG in the morning. The reason that is being put in the remarks for it (and almost all of the other MD-88 cancellations I've looked up in the schedule) is for hydraulic issues.
BNAtraveler From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9027 times:
it looks like Delta cancelled most of the 6am M88 flights departing from stations around the southeast -- meaning that the planes aren't RON-ning outside of ATL tonight and the inbound was canceled too.
I looked at SDF, BNA, TLH and SAT and all of the late departures tonight from ATL to the out station were canceled and the inbound back to ATL at 6am is canceled too. Lets hope they get the system up and running quickly in the morning given these pre-cancellations. MX is going to be VERY busy at ATL tonight. I can't imagine how many M88s are going to be on the ground there tonight.
FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4139 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9002 times:
Suddenly UA grounding 6 747s doesn't seem like a big deal...
It's good that the airlines are now going back and voluntarily inspecting possible issues after the WN incident, but I feel that the FAA is really more at fault here for letting this become an issue in the first place.
Floridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2095 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 8926 times:
Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 6): What's interesting is that so far, from what I know, none of these emergency checks have shown anything wrong with any airline. If anyone has different information, please post it.
Dl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1564 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8865 times:
Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 13): What exactly ARE the wiring issues on the MDs.. I know they used to have kapton wiring, which burned easily, but I thought all of that was replaced a while ago (after the swissair 111 accident)
AAJFKSJUBKLYN From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8137 times:
I cant help but say this, but I find it TRULY funny how AA and their inspections were breaking news here in NY, meantime Delta quietly cancelled the flights begining yesterday while AA took the brunt of Media sensationalism.
727forever From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7505 times:
Quoting TWAL1011727 (Reply 18):
Could the FAA maybe overreacted.......Hmmm.....or is there a deficiency with MD80 maintenance practices?
I don't know, but it would seem that maybe the FAA is over reacting a bit. Looking at the word choice in the Delta release it would seem that the AD's have been complied with but that the FAA is asking them to recheck and verify that the work has been done properly. The release could have been word smithed I suppose, but I would think there would be more of a catastrophy in the schedule if they weren't absolutely sure that the AD had been complied with.
Interesting to note after reading the AD, thanks Dl757md, that the airlines had 18 months to comply with the checks and installation of the sleeve to protect the wiring. That 18 months expired about a month ago. I'm sure the word has come down from high above that all POI's should verify AD compliance after the WN oopsie. It just sounds like they are enforcing this verification as if it were an emergency AD with tons of interuptions to the schedule and bottom line. It almost seems as if they are just trying to flex a little muscle, like a parent yelling at all the other children after one got in trouble.