United747-200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 91 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1253 times:
I was just watching the news in Denver and found that United had 32 planes damaged by hail last night at DIA. The planes were grounded, but some are flying again today. There was so much rain at DEN last night that waves could be seen on the tarmac, taxiways, and runways. 4 of Frontier's planes were damaged too. The storm caused 37 United delays, and the airport passed out 3,000 blankets to stranded passengers. United says that the planes were damaged on the tail, wings, and "surfaces." I hope everyone gets to where they wanted to go last night!
United747-200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 91 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1016 times:
They did not say the types of aircraft damaged. I'm sure there were 737's, 757's, 727's, 777's, 767's and 747's, but some of the damage was probably done to their smaller commuter planes. I'd say about 10 of those were damaged out of the 32. And yes, this will cost a lot. You can't just take a 777 to a body shop and have the dents buffed out!
Boeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1004 times:
Thanks for the info. You're exactly right, it's not like just taking it into a body shop, that is a lot of planes there and taking them all out of service means many cancelled flights and lots and lots of $ lost.