FCA767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1752 posts, RR: 1 Posted (6 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3361 times:
I was plane spotting in manchester and saw something quite concerning...the ground staff didnt seem bothered and I returned an hour later and they still werent bothered....anyway they got the tug up and food on board ready for departure
And I was noticing the missing panels on the baggage doors.
If someone is at ohare you could take a picture to see if they actually flew...because they were pushing back with pax on.
I think that would be neglegent if they did
BD705 - O'hare 11am departure
Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6702 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3200 times:
Flightaware is showing BD705 as, at present, 3hrs into the flight.
acarsd has it (G-WWBM) being "seen" at 11.45.
I would assume that the door seal is on the inner surface not the outer surface, i.e. on the other (unseen) side of the locking mechanism, so the missing covers will not affect the fuselage pressure integrity. It might be a bit noisier and marginally more draggy, but safe to fly. You may want to redirect this to tech ops with a more specific question about A330 front cargo door locking mechanism cover plates to see where they lie in the fly/no fly hierarchy.
FCA767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1752 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3118 times:
Thanks for the good replies ...It wasnt BMI that I was trying to get to the bottom of...I know they are safe airline...I just mean that the contracted out ground crew should notice...Because I bet it could go unnoticed by the actual crew until its too late or at least until it gets to the usa...I just felt really uncomfy by how the ground staff were being...the security guys that hang around...they really didnt seem bothered about anything but chatting to their mates and staring at me with smug looks on them as i was walking past
ACW367 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
I believe the thread title relates to the fact that he wants O'hare photographers to look for (and photograph) these panels as the plane lands there later tonight, in order that he can confirm that the plane did indeed operate the transatlantic sector with the panels missing.
Boeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2406 times:
So, did anybody spot it at O'Hare?
The suspense is killing me.
No, I'm sure it's safe. Maybe a little more parasitic drag, but the door's seals would have to be in the inside part of the door. I doubt they'd let a passenger flight fly unpressurized...kinda violates regulations.