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SAS Grounds MD80  
User currently offlineCaravelle From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 666 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

According to Nettavisen, SAS has decided to ground its 43 MD 80´s, after an unspecified mechanical problem was discovered in one of the aircraft.
Today, 150 SK flights are cancelled, according to Nettavisen.

- caravelle


Trains and boats and planes....
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User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1312 times:

Mmmh. First the industry crisis, then a crash in Milan, now grounding almost their entire short-haul fleet...

Seems SAS is in urgent need of luck. I hope they survive the recession, although I can't help doubting it.

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1285 times:

Well .. if SAS sees it necessary to ground its entire MD80 fleet for check, I would assume other MD80 operators should do the same thing ...




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User currently offlineTR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1282 times:

SAS grounded the MD-80s at arround 2 PM local time in Scandinavia and expect the first aircraft to be back in service tomorrow morning. The grounding is just a precaution.

SAS still operate it´s fleet of 51 NG737s (736/737/738) as well as 19 MD-87 and 8 MD-90s. Let´s not make a crisis out of it but instead be happy that SAS takes action as soon as a problem is located on a specific type of aircraft! All MD-81, -82 and -83 will be back in service by monday morning.

Further A321 no. one, OY-KBK (ex.SE-REI), will depart from Finkenwerder airport in HAM on the afternoon Monday 12NOV and arrive CPH arround 18.00 LT, according to Airbus fleet office.


User currently offlineLJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

This info comes from an official SAS press release (I 've no URL yet as I see it on my Bloomberg terminal):

SAS has discovered during a routine check of an aircraft a fracture in a cylinder of one of the legs of the landing gear. The checks is being carried to ensure that there is no risk of fractures in the remaining MD80 aircraft.

The proces takes 8 hours per aircraft. The aircraft will be taken out of service on Friday on landing at one of the Scandinavian homebases. The checks are expected to be completed during the weekend and are conducted in cooperation with the manufacturer.

Regards
Laurens


User currently offlineFlanor From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1225 times:

Has only SAS done this? Has Boeing given a notice to other customers? Is it a problem that is specific to the SAS configuration of the MD-80? It all sounds a bit strange to me. Anyone with more information?

User currently offlineLegolars From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1158 times:

this seems to be a problem with the aircraft, not SAS

anyone??


User currently offlineTransSwede From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 997 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1145 times:

SAS has a very large short-haul fleet, with all the new 737NG's, the MD-80 makes up only about a third of the fleet.

User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1106 times:

It's bad for SAS, but the time is quite right. The y missed some parts of the valuable traffic on Friday, but the inspections can be made during the weekend, with less cancelled flights.
Be glad that SAS ordered inspections, who knows what would have happend otherwise?

GOT



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User currently offlineCaravelle From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 666 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1071 times:

Right, GOT: Better safe than sorry.
But as others here have remarked: What do other airlines do? "Structural damage" sounds worrying, and the quality of SAS maintenance is up there among the best.
A SAS spokesperson appeared on the telly here, saying the company would take no risks at all, as far as safety is concerned, due to what he termed "recent events".

- caravelle



Trains and boats and planes....
User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

Makes you wonder though. It is not normal that you pull aircrafts out of service like this. Normally you scehedule the aircrafts into check over the next week or so without disrupting traffic.
Which makes it interesting to see what other operators will do. This can not be a SAS-unique problem!




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User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1052 times:

Funny I saw a MD-80 land in FRA at about 1700 CET.



User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6384 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 998 times:

There came an FAA directive which stated that all MD-81/-82/-83 (not -87) world wide had to have that cylinder inspected for cracks no later than 25th November.

SAS chose to do the inspections immediately, and it grounded all MD-81/82/83 Friday afternoon.

On Saturday evening all 43 planes had been inspected, and no further cracks were found.

Regards, Preben Norholm



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 958 times:

I give SAS a big credit for doing this check on all of there MD-80's.
What can be more important then safety! I don't think SAS deserves any critic from the media (who is very fast with that), or from anyone else. They chould get a rose for going public about it instead, and telling everybody that they take on the problem instead of waiting till it's to late.
That earns my respect!

Have a nice day.



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