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Virgin America A320 Damaged At LAX (pics Included)  
User currently offline777-500ER From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 480 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 27346 times:

This morning a Virgin America A320 "Tubular Belle" was damaged prior to its scheduled LAX-BOS trip. The jetbridge went forward and smacked the plane on the side. Please view the following pic.

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User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 27144 times:

Ehhhh, nothing a little duct tape can't fix.


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User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1920 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 27122 times:



Quoting 777-500ER (Thread starter):
This morning a Virgin America A320 "Tubular Belle"

Thanks a lot for the information and picture.
"Tubular Belle " is an A319 by the way


User currently offlineDevildog2222 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 26996 times:

I wonder what will happen to the Virgin America gate agent. Would they probably re-train the agent on how to operate the jetbridge.

I remember one time at SFO when I was helping at gate41 for F9 that the pilot thought the jetbridge hit the aircraft because the plane shook, but it turned our it was one of the PrimeFlight rampers that hit the plane with the belt loader, there was no damage luckly.


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 27018 times:

That is nasty and will not be a quick fix, since the skin is punctured.

User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6120 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 26863 times:



Quoting Devildog2222 (Reply 3):
I wonder what will happen to the Virgin America gate agent. Would they probably re-train the agent on how to operate the jetbridge.

Most likely, just for CYA on th airline's part. The jet bridges at LAX are old, and the ground is very uneven. From what I understand, positioning them correctly takes a lot of experience on the temperments of each jetway/gate area.



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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1468 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 26370 times:

I dont get the pic, someone plz help! Big grin


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User currently offline777-500ER From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 480 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 26033 times:

side of the fuselage underneath aircraft name in the forward part of the plane.

User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2706 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 23568 times:



Quoting Devildog2222 (Reply 3):
I wonder what will happen to the Virgin America gate agent.

Around these parts.. an accident like that, the first thing is a drug/alcohol test!!



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User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 23097 times:

And how did the jetway move forward? By itself? This will not be good for the agent that operated that jetway.

User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26169 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 22526 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 5):
The jet bridges at LAX are old,

Too my knowledge all jet bridges in T-3 have been replaced in recent years.



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User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1013 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 21032 times:



Quoting Nkops (Reply 8):
Around these parts.. an accident like that, the first thing is a drug/alcohol test!!

Yep, I think that is SOP.



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User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2951 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 20586 times:



Quoting Fiveholer (Reply 11):
Yep, I think that is SOP.

SOP?


User currently offlineNwarooster From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1159 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 20587 times:
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Quoting GARUDAROD (Reply 1):
Ehhhh, nothing a little duct tape can't fix.

You mean SPEED TAPE.
To repair it right a flush patch needs to be installed. That would take about two days.  old 



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 20418 times:



Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 12):
SOP?

Standard Operating Procedure(s).


User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7396 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 19386 times:

That takes some effort to pierce the skin like that with an air bridge. I've put hundreds of air bridges onto all types of 737/747/767/777/320/330/340 and never even come close to that. I've seen very minor dents (within engineering operating limits) and rubber marks on aircraft caused by others, but never that - especially given that putting an air bridge on an A320 is possibly the easiest a/c to put on. Maybe wind or other factors affected this though - who knows?

User currently offline7673mech From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 747 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 19274 times:
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Quoting Nwarooster (Reply 13):
To repair it right a flush patch needs to be installed. That would take about two days.

Who does things right anymore? Big scab patch 12 hours!  Big grin
And 2 more hours for functionals for any black boxes that were accessed.


User currently offlineLACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 19250 times:
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Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 5):
Most likely, just for CYA on th airline's part. The jet bridges at LAX are old, and the ground is very uneven. From what I understand, positioning them correctly takes a lot of experience on the temperments of each jetway/gate area.

Isn't it even more tricky to operate a jetway whent he pavement is uneven? If it is uneven and potholed (aka streets of LA), it has to be difficult if the jetway gets stuck in a crack or hole or some sort.

Which terminal has the oldest jetways @ LAX? How often do they get replaced? Will we ever see the glass enclosed one's similar to those at some international gateways like MEX T2 where AM operates and even PVR & GDL have some.


User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21588 posts, RR: 59
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 19004 times:



Quoting AerorobNZ (Reply 15):
Maybe wind or other factors affected this though - who knows?

We are in the middle of a wind free warm spell, nothing that would be out of the ordinary.

Quoting LACA773 (Reply 17):
Isn't it even more tricky to operate a jetway whent he pavement is uneven? If it is uneven and potholed (aka streets of LA)

Luckily those who maintain the streets of LA are not in charge of maintaining the taxiways, gate areas and runways at LAX.

Now you wanna talk ridges, bumps and potholes around the aircraft, visit JFK. Yikes. Our DL flight got stuck in a pothole, requiring a tug to get us out...



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User currently offlineF9Mechanic From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 18853 times:



Quoting Nwarooster (Reply 13):
To repair it right a flush patch needs to be installed. That would take about two days

Flush patches take too much time and too much structure has to be shimmed, a scab patch is the easiest to do. Not to many flush patch repairs in the Airbus SRM.


User currently offlineIcebird757 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 668 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 13825 times:

I was told that there were two of these inccidents in the same day with the same jetway. Not sure if this was the morning or the evening inccident.


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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 13635 times:



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 4):



Quoting F9Mechanic (Reply 19):

May be more involved...look carefully in the center of the middle character in the top of the photo...you can seen the begining of a vertical row of rivets going down...this damage is up against a former...may be a tricky repair  dollarsign   dollarsign   dollarsign 


User currently offlineYAK42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 801 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 13526 times:

But would there not have to be some kind of sharp potrusion on the Jetbridge that shouldnt have been there in order to puncture the skin like this?

User currently offline777-500ER From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 480 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10098 times:

Aircraft damage caused numerous delays in the VX system because of aircraft replacement

User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2177 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9937 times:

Dang...that is just below the left edge of the fixed cockpit window...waaay far left for most narrowbody jetway placements. Further...can't think of anything that should be that sharp and pointed and not covered by rubber on a jetway in that position. Pic seems to indicate possibly on a stringer/frame which if so...will make any repair complicated and may require some areas to be 'opened up' and it looks to be just above the main floor line right at the first jump seat.

25 Nwarooster : Scab patches may be quicker to install, but they increase drag and create turbulence resulting in increased fuel burn. They also look like hell.
26 GA330 : I dont think we will ever see that. Glass enclosed jetbridge are not allowed in the US if I recall correctly. From what my professor said, this is du
27 Post contains images Luv2cattlecall : Interesting. What sort of role does glass play in fireworthiness thoguh? I still wonder why more airlines don't use the dual bridge that can auto doc
28 777-500er : Aircraft involved was "YouTube Air" not Tubular Belle...
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