AC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 784 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 21845 times:
When I first started at AC, some of my co-workers who are now retired told me of a few occasions where a couple of AC's 727's where blown by strong winds. One was blown almost 90 degrees and ended up with the left wing a few feet away from the passenger bridge.
A good gust would certainly move a 727 which is tail heavy and has a large vertical tail surface.
A couple of years ago, we were working an arriving A320 during really high wind conditions. Just after the Capt set the brakes, a gust moved the plane about two feet off the Lead-in Line. The chokes were not placed under the wheels at the time and the ramp had a few small patches of ice, but mainly dry. It was nerve racking to say the least. Even the pilots were white faced.
In life, some days you are the bug..... some days you are the windshield!
Chris133 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 21011 times:
I have had that happen to me in BUF and BWI. Both times all three wheels were chocked and the push back hooked up but the plane spun about 10 feet. on a side not i have also had one slide back down the j line on the ice (just got the door closed in time on that one)
PiedmontINT From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 376 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 20361 times:
Quoting Platinumfoota (Reply 8): That is one crazy video. "An unchocked, unbraked, Virgin Blue Airliner". If the jetway was on then why was this aircraft unchocked, unbraked?
Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 10): Mmh...sometimes it's recommendable not to believe everthing that is claimed.
It sure doesn't look like there are any chocks down there.. look closely at the #1 side main gear right after the plane moves.. wouldn't you be able to see the chocks after that? I have watched this video a few times and there seems to be no possible way a plane could slide like that without being chocked. If the ramp was covered in ice I could possibly see it slide even if chocked, but no way on a dry ramp like in the video.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5341 posts, RR: 11 Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 20361 times:
We get very strong winds here in Anchorage, Alaska.
The company I now work for (didn't for for them when this happened) years ago had a short body 727 get spun around by the wind.... the gust parked her BETWEEN 2 DC-6 freighters on the ramp, WITHOUT HITTING EITHER ONE! Everyone out on the ramp watched it happen, and were hollering and running towards, and they away from, the 727... and couldn't believe she didn't hit either DC-6.
That was a very lucky night.
But yeah, when our ramps and taxiways get icy, there's no telling what will happen. JAL had a 747-200 freighter taxi onto a patch of ice and get 'weather-vaned' around, and then slid backwards down the hill and into a ditch.
He'd been warned not to taxi there, but was quite confident his 747 was heavy enough. Oops.
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 7993 posts, RR: 27 Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18177 times:
Quoting Jetboy319 (Reply 13): I'm just curious, if the wind was strong enough to move an aircraft, how come the ground agents weren't blown around as well?
It really depends on where the wind came from, and how sheltered the nose area was. Keep in mind, the tail is a big flat surface that sticks up pretty high into the wind. If the airplane was tail heavy and a gust caught the tail, it'd pivot the whole jet around. The wind doesn't have to hit the nose.
Pohakuloa From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 370 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 16679 times:
Quoting BristolFlyer (Reply 18): Quoting FreakyDeaky (Reply 2):
Ever since I read this a few years ago, I always step with purpose and do not lollygag around the end of the jetway.
Absolutely. I'm either 100% in the jetway or 100% in the plane (with an idea about somewhere that I can 'hold on' if required).
I learned this lesson a while ago as well. I am morbidly obese and a few times when walking out on the lip of the jet bridge the bridge decided to kneel on its own. This happened on several occasions, but hasnt happened since then. But I still wait over the wheels of the jetbtidge until i have a clear shot into the aircraft.