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United 744 Strikes Aerobridge At Melbourne Tullamarine  
User currently offlineLocoflyer From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 6 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 18343 times:
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This mornings UAL 839 arrival just hit the media here, appears to be minor damage to the aircraft.

http://www.theage.com.au/travel/trav...in-parking-bay-20130422-2i9oy.html

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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20640 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 18314 times:

YMML = MEL for fellow airport code neanderthals like myself.


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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5580 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days ago) and read 17899 times:

With all due respect to The Age, did the seriously write a story about the aerobridge (jetway) being damaged so that its out of action, but managed to neglect to mention that the aircraft is also damaged to the point of being out of action?!?

UA840 MEL-SYD-LAX has been cancelled today (Mon Apr 22)



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User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2981 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 17514 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 2):

UA840 MEL-SYD-LAX has been cancelled today (Mon Apr 22)

Better not happen when I am flying with them next month.

It certainly doesn't give me much confidence with incidents like this, adding to the inferior product onboard also. I guess that's what you get for choosing price over other factors  


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5580 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 17456 times:

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 3):
It certainly doesn't give me much confidence with incidents like this

Are you suggesting that UA is somehow unsafe?

Whatever might be wrong with their on-board product (and there is much wrong with it) I don't doubt that their aircraft are sound and that their pilots are as well trained and professional as the competitions.

It is unfortunate that this is the second ramp incident in as many months in Australia, but the incident at SYD was a genuine accident caused by a severe gust of wind, and it is too soon to lay blame for this incident. Maybe it was the marshaller (a non-UA employee, who probably also marshalls SQ, CX etc) who is too blame? We simply have no idea at this stage.



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 17387 times:

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 3):
It certainly doesn't give me much confidence with incidents like this, adding to the inferior product onboard also. I guess that's what you get for choosing price over other factors  

Please, do not come and tell me how unsafe UA is now, and that you are afraid of your life when flying them next month. Do you even know how many flights they have every single day, without any incidents, let alone any fatalities?


Rest assured, you will be safe. I would be more worried about how to get to the airport...



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User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2981 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 17252 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):
Please, do not come and tell me how unsafe UA is now, and that you are afraid of your life when flying them next month. Do you even know how many flights they have every single day, without any incidents, let alone any fatalities?


To clarify, its not a safety thing its more about reliability that I am thinking of.

What it does do though with incidents like this is add to the situation that UA doesn't have the best reputation over here given its product mainly and things like this do little to help that. Such things fail to instill confidence.

Most people I know tried to talk me out of flying them which says a lot about the perception of the airline unfortunately.

[Edited 2013-04-22 01:36:20]

User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2981 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 17236 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 4):
Are you suggesting that UA is somehow unsafe?

No. It was answered in my next post. It becomes more about a perception of reliability than anything.

I wouldn't choose to fly them if I thought they were unsafe.


User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4920 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 17086 times:

Guess who picked up the stranded passengers

I've flown United back in 2001 & the IFE product was well overdue for an upgrade not sure if anything has changed since then? However, in saying that the customer service was fantastic!

EK413



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User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2981 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 17059 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 8):
I've flown United back in 2001 & the IFE product was well overdue for an upgrade not sure if anything has changed since then?

Apparently it hasn't. They are in the process of making some Y changes soon but mostly the product remains as is.

Quoting EK413 (Reply 8):
Guess who picked up the stranded passengers

QF?


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5580 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 16999 times:

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 7):
No. It was answered in my next post.

Got it!

Quoting EK413 (Reply 8):
not sure if anything has changed since then?

Nope! At least not in Y, F and J have AVOD (and flat beds) but Y is still something out of the 80s

Quoting EK413 (Reply 8):
Guess who picked up the stranded passengers

Well I'm guessing they would have carried as many ex-SYD pax as they could themselves via SFO. But I'm sure you point was that QF took the remainder.



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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4920 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 16761 times:

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 9):

Apparently it hasn't. They are in the process of making some Y changes soon but mostly the product remains as is.
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
Quoting EK413 (Reply 8):
not sure if anything has changed since then?

Nope! At least not in Y, F and J have AVOD (and flat beds) but Y is still something out of the 80s

Damn thanks for the update. I felt like I was stuck in the 70's / 80's so it's nice to see things have really improved!

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 9):
Quoting EK413 (Reply 8):
Guess who picked up the stranded passengers

QF?
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
But I'm sure you point was that QF took the remainder.

Spot on... I'm curious why VA don't pickup the passenger's in such situations...?

EK413



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User currently offlineusscvr From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 15445 times:

Even though the CO has the overall responsibility for the AC, the CO would be following the instructions of the marshaller. And the Aerobridge/Jetway would likely have an operator onboard. So, who is ultimately responsibile for this mishap?

My thought is that the aerobridge/jetway operator should have the unit out of the way of the incoming aircraft. The CO should have an idea that (perhaps) the aerobridge/jetway could be too close, and the marshaller should have had good situational awareness before parking the AC.

How would this play out? Will any of the players be held accountable for this? Do company policies address this sort of thing? Are government agencies involved?

Just curious. Any and all responses appreciated.


User currently offlinejayunited From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 938 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14122 times:

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 3):
Better not happen when I am flying with them next month.

It certainly doesn't give me much confidence with incidents like this, adding to the inferior product onboard also. I guess that's what you get for choosing price over other factors  
Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 6):
To clarify, its not a safety thing its more about reliability that I am thinking of.

What it does do though with incidents like this is add to the situation that UA doesn't have the best reputation over here given its product mainly and things like this do little to help that. Such things fail to instill confidence.

First of all United operates thousands of flights a day safely and they are reliable.

With only one flight a day to MEL I'm sure that station has been contracted out to an outside vendor. That being said you have not clue who is at fault in this accident perhaps the jet bridge was improperly positioned for the arrival, the marshaler could have brought the aircraft in past its designated spot, and lastly perhaps the pilots brought the aircraft into the gate to fast and when the marshaler gave the "X" to stop the airplane they kept rolling a few inches striking the bridge. United onboard product has nothing to do with this incident that happened in MEL so I don't understand why you even brought that up seeing that it has nothing to do with what actually happened.

And if you are so concerned and worried about United's safety and reliability why did you buy a ticket to fly? United's ticket prices are not the cheapest when flying to/from Australia.


User currently offlineFlyFree27 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 13085 times:

Does anyone actually know if they park these planes manually or with a Light Bar system in MEL? It takes a lot of gate space to marshall in a 747 by hand, unless you have something very tall to stand up on. Wide body crews are aware that space is usually pretty tight with planes in this class (747,777, and the 380), I highly doubt he rolled the 8-10 ft past his stop point with either a marshaller or guide system. If the light bar system is used here it may have been set to the wrong aircraft type. Most likely the jet bridge was probably just not out of the clearance zone, I wonder if a 767 or 330/340 was on the gate before... However this is most likely ground handling at fault for not noticing and the previous gate agents fault for not pulling the jet bridge into the designated area. These were not UA employees, definitely contracted out, but they still have to do all the UA widebody web based training.

User currently offlinetribird1011 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10300 times:

Quoting FlyFree27 (Reply 14):
Most likely the jet bridge was probably just not out of the clearance zone,

The article states that the plane "overshot" the parking bay (I wasn't there, so I don't know), but if this is accurate (and these reports usually are    ) we may say that the jetway was in it's proper place.

Assuming that to be true, the blame will either fall on the pilot for not stopping when instructed (either by the marshaller, or the light bar), or to the marshaller for not giving the stop sign in time.

And if the article is incorrect (bridge out of position), then blame tends to go more to ground crew/marshaller for not verifying that the area was clear.


User currently offlinemd80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2660 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8817 times:

Not surprised at the strength of aircraft aluminum. If it didn't have those Krueger slats inboard it'd be a simple replacement. This damage will not be cheap ... critical section of wing LE is damaged. It could not have hit a more expensive spot IMHO.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5194 times:

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 6):
Most people I know tried to talk me out of flying them which says a lot about the perception of the airline unfortunately.

Their product might be inferior to the competitors but there is no way that you can draw a conclusion about their reliability from this single incident when we even don't know whose fault it was.



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5580 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5135 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 11):
I'm curious why VA don't pickup the passenger's in such situations

It's a normal commercial transaction, UA would have bought those seats of QF. Maybe VA charge more? Or it might just be that UA and QF have a reciprocal agreement to give each other preferential pricing when things go pear-shape on their Aus-USA routes?



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User currently offlinequiet1 From Thailand, joined Apr 2010, 356 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5118 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
They are in the process of making some Y changes soon but mostly the product remains as is.

What changes are coming in Y? Hard product? Soft product? Both? (fingers crossed)


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5580 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day ago) and read 5052 times:

Quoting quiet1 (Reply 19):
What changes are coming in Y? Hard product? Soft product? Both?

I didn't quote that, but I didn't think was going to be further changes to Y on the 744 fleet? They've all got the new seats and side panels (whoop!) and they've supposedly "upgraded" the catering to CO standards (or was that J only?). Beyond that I didn't think anything else was on its way.

I hope that UA launch IAH-SYD at some point, or failing that downgauge a 744 to 772. I have been flying Continental for practically as long as I've been alive, and therefore have a very soft spot for United. I am a MileagePlus member and would very gladly put it to much better use if they would simply offer something as basic as AVOD to Australia! In the mean time I am sure that QF appreciate my loyalty and status.



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User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 613 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day ago) and read 5008 times:

Anyone know what registration this was?

User currently offlineairplanecrazy From United States of America, joined May 2006, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day ago) and read 4978 times:

Quoting cipango (Reply 21):
Anyone know what registration this was?

I believe it was Ship 8419 Registration N119UA.


User currently offlinemmo From Qatar, joined Apr 2013, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 23 hours ago) and read 4910 times:

Well, now that all the UA bashing has ceased and the discussion about Y/J/F products has cease, we can return to the topic as posted.

From a friend based in YMML, turns out the guidance system for the gate was set for 330. So, to calm IndianicWorld's worries, you can rest assured the incident has nothing to do with the airline at all. Remember you from either seat in the cockpit, you can not see the wing root area at all.



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User currently offlineDeltaB717 From Australia, joined Jun 2012, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 23 hours ago) and read 4877 times:
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Quoting airplanecrazy (Reply 22):
I believe it was Ship 8419 Registration N119UA.

flightaware has N119UA in MEL since yesterday morning's UA839.


25 FlyFree27 : Thanks for the info, this was one of two thing I had suspected.
26 davs5032 : Pretty much echoing what others have already said, but I'd think it very unlikely that the pilot was at fault here. IMO, there's no way the jet bridge
27 EK413 : Cheers, thanks for clarifying it for me. You scratch my back & I'll scratch I guess. EK413
28 VH-BZF : I've heard from a source down in Melbourne that the aircraft arrived at the gate, the Captain thought he had engaged the brakes, however apparently th
29 United1 : UA is rolling out satellite based WiFi on the 744 fleet that besides letting you surf the internet will stream prerecorded video (same content as on
30 jagflyer : Great idea! Use up bandwidth and reduce the speed of other's connections in order to stream media that is available on the IFE...talk about redundanc
31 United1 : Not really a bandwidth issue as the content is stored on the aircraft.....they are not streaming it from the ground. IFE is starting to head this dir
32 Post contains images davs5032 : If true, I suppose I'll have to eat my words.
33 lax777lr : The LAN almost has plenty of bandwith for the OD content onboard, it's the WAN connection that would be hosed with lots of users pulling or pushing r
34 RyanairGuru : That's fantastic. Thanks for sharing That was my next question, that is really great to hear! Obviously a laptop or iPad won't last 14 hours, so putt
35 quiet1 : It's not redundant for the folks in Y/Y+ who would otherwise only have access to whatever single thing is showing at the time on the montiors on the
36 FlyDeltaJets : What I have been reading so far says it may have been related to the parking brake on the A/C.
37 smi0006 : Not quiet the guidance system flashes that aircraft type that it is set to, thus the Captain should have seen it was set to an A330, in addition airl
38 Post contains links airplanecrazy : Looks like N119UA has been fixed: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N119UA Ship is now at SFO and is scheduled to fly to Kansai tomorrow.
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