YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2718 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10015 times:
What leads people to do some things...
Not to let off these losers in any way, but the question does need to be asked: if the crew noticed after they landed, why didnt they notice in their pre-flight walk around? Maybe there was some slightly abnormal flight characteristics the article doesnt mention.
Glad there was no bad outcome, that old girl is one amazing machine when you see her up close and personal.
BreninTW From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1816 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9913 times:
There's something amiss here -- according to the article, the police were called and told that there were people actually climbing on the aircraft, yet it flew the following day before they noticed a foot-sized hole in the tail?
Either the police didn't inform the operators of the call, or someone was very remiss in their pre-flight inspection.
HorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 808 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9748 times:
Unbelievable! I can't imagine what would possibly lead someone to do something so horrible to such a priceless aircraft. Though what I find to be the most shocking, is that the plane apparently flew damaged without them noticing.
We are so very lucky that only the plane was hurt!
FI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8860 times:
I hope when the service life of these incredible birds is over, that one is preserved. No Martin M-130's exist.
There is a grocery store chain in Baltimore named after these aircraft, one of their stores has a bronze plaque
Telling the story.
737MAX, Cool Planes for the Worlds Coolest Airline.
B737900 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8355 times:
I first learned of the Mars water bomber after watching "Flying Boats" a few months ago. It is a 3 disc set from NetFlix and is a must see for A.netters! The segment told about 2 Mars water bombers but the article mentions just the one. Are there still two stationed at Lake Sproat? We were visiting Vancover Island last month and wanted to drive up and see them but they were in California water-bombing fires down there. Yeah, they are fantastic aircraft.
[Edited 2012-08-08 11:24:46]
Sounds like a Beaver on floats..........we're saved!!
railker From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4239 times:
IIRC from the local news broadcast I heard, it was the flight characteristics that alerted them to something being off, at which point they landed and looked for the damage.
Wouldn't be surprised if Alcohol was involved, though. Down lower on the Island a year or two back, someone drove their pickup truck onto one of the E&N Railway bridges that spans one of the valleys there and set it on fire, caused major damage to the bridge ties and all that. Wonder what's in people's heads sometimes.