AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6215 posts, RR: 10 Posted (7 years 21 hours ago) and read 5603 times:
Continental Airlines 757-224 tail number 132 was damaged in Seattle on Monday. A belt loader rammed the forward bag pit door frame, puncturing the fuselage.
I know, because I was seated in 4D, immediately above the door, and had to make a very paniky phone call to Continental to rearrange my travel plans. Fortunately, being pro-active meant that I got on NW flights, and arrived home only 4 hours past due.
My question is whether this aircraft has been returned to service yet?
The captain said that he didn't think the aircraft would be able to maintain pressurization inflight, so I suspect it wasn't just a minor ding. There was, according to him, a significant "hole" in the skin.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 21 hours ago) and read 5529 times:
Don't have any specifics for you (since I don't work for CO), but generally speaking, "ramp rash" like this can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks to repair depending upon the severity of the damage. The severity of the damage also dictates whether the aircraft can depart (unpressurized) on a maintenance ferry flight to one of the airline's larger hubs where they have hangar MX available.
Common fuselage punctures are not usually a problem (as long as too many "stringers" aren't damaged), but getting the aircraft SEA-DEN (where I'm guessing CO has a hangar) might be a little tough at 9,000 feet in the cold winter air. If they have a hangar in LAX, SEA-LAX might work out better, especially since there are a lot of rocks between SEA and DEN at 9,000 feet. If your aircraft's door frame was damaged, and it precluded proper closing and locking of the door, that aircraft may not even be able to be MX ferried, and is dead where it sits. In that case, the MX folks come to the aircraft, i.e. a "road trip."
LHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4732 times:
Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 1): Common fuselage punctures are not usually a problem (as long as too many "stringers" aren't damaged), but getting the aircraft SEA-DEN (where I'm guessing CO has a hangar) might be a little tough at 9,000 feet in the cold winter air.
Would it not got to EWR, CLE or IAH, or maybe even HKG to HAECO?
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6215 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4546 times:
Thanks, all, for your responses. I am surprised to see it was off to EDI so soon! The captain made it sound like quite a hole. I was REALLY tempted to go up and say, "Look, I'm an airline mechanic, and I wanna see the hole! I haven't got a SEA-TAC ramp badge, but... someone could escort me!!!"
Needless to say, I decided against it.
Quoting KBUF (Reply 6): By any chance did Menzies have anything to do with this?
I don't know- who handles ramp for CO in SEA?
The lady at the Northwest counter didn't know. She said she thought it MIGHT be Delta, but wasn't sure.
That's okay, it's my thread, and since I'm asking the questions, I'm still gaining knowledge that pertains to the original subject of the incident and the potential repair.
Quoting COFreqFlyer (Reply 12): but yes, CO does still have an MX hangar at DEN, with some of it leased to F9.
Thanks for the confirmation- I wasn't sure.
I was in SEA again last night, and the 752 at the gate was a different bird, and I didn't find the airplane over at any of the maintenance areas when we taxied by, so I thought it might have already gotten on with life.
I sure was sorry to miss out on the flight- I'd received an elite upgrade, so life was looking good!!!