Phil330 From Australia, joined May 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
It is true that the titles are blacked out so that passengers on other flights cannot identify the airline involved. If you're flying on a Britannia 757 after liftoff from Gerona and see a remarkably similar plane in 3 bits next to the runway it doesn't do anything for the nerves!
The registration has been blacked out because the aircraft was written off, and so the registration no longer exists.
In Guernsey last year there was an Air UK which did a similar thing off the runway and it was re-sprayed all-white to de-identify it.
Ovelix From Greece, joined Aug 1999, 639 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1602 times:
It is a common policy for the airlines to cover with paint the name on the fuselage and the tale logo on whatever remains after an accident. For example photos of the Air Florida 1982 crash into the Potomac river in Washington DC and the Aloha Airlines 1988 incident (the upper front part of the fuselage collapsed in flight) where the in post accident photos words and logos are covered with paint. The reason is that a logo is made to be clearly recognizable and rememberable when times are good. After the incident/accident/crash noone wants it to be rememberable to the millions of people who read or watch about the crash. In order to avoid a reputation disaster as well, it has to be eliminated.
DLMD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1580 times:
Whenever an airplane is wrecked for whatever reason, it seems that the first thing to happen to the wreck is that they black out the titles of the airline operating the airliner. The reason is that it's real bad publicity for the airline for people to see little bits of airliner sprawled over more than the 160 feet intended wingspan of a standard 757-200. It happens at every accident; Pan Am 103, Air Florida 90, Delta 191, and this one. The only accident where it didn't happen was the Aloha Airlines cabin decompression in the late 80s or early 90s in Hawaii - the decompression itself took care of that.