ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1356 times:
What's happening for today at FLL with SW cart did got hit by the near of B732 aircraft? Is that was anything of the damage or not? Can you somebody please tell me exactly want to known goes on for today. Please let us know! Thanks!!
DC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1322 times:
There's no way that could have put a 4 foot gash in a 737, here's why. If that was a baggage cart, and it was a "runaway" it could not build up enough momemtum to put even a significant dent in a 737 because the tongues of baggage carts swivel on about a 300 degree arc. So if it was rolling fast, the tongue would be on the pavement and swerve from side to side, and would not to any major damage to anything it hits. Baggage carts also have rubber ends on the top edges of the cart, so if that hit a plane, it would not make a gash. 737s have pretty tough bodies too.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1318 times:
Stuff like this is commonly referered to as "ramp rash" and the damage to an aircraft varies.
If the aircraft is hit by something that's unpowered, like a bag cart being blown into the fuselage by surface winds or jet blast, the ensuing damage will most likely be a scrape or a dent in the fuselage versus a puncture. Impact speed is a factor.
If an aircraft is hit with a powered piece of ground equipment like a tug, belt loader, or lav cart, the impact force is greater, and you're more likely looking at more serious damage like a punctured fuselage or popped rivets.
Aircraft are not written off for these relatively minor types of damage. If the damage is severe enough where rivets are popped or the fuselage is punctured, the aircraft will usually be flown out as an unpressurized maintenance ferry to an airport where repairs can be made, assuming it's not already at an airport where it can be accomplished.
The only time I can think of an incident where ground damage was bad enough to write-off an aircraft was at DEN 2-3 years ago. A taxiing 727 (freighter) was hit broadside in the nose by a fast-moving bus or truck on the ramp, and the impact was bad enough to break the captain's left leg.
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1302 times:
then why did Delta have to get 45 hotel rooms in Ft. lauderdale tonight? Just call the old Howard Johnson on SE 17th Street causeway...........
I've seen FOD happen and cause a plane to get scrapped.
Someone left a footstool for the Metro 23 out and the engine started up, got swept up and slammed into the fuselage, causing a 3 foot gash and damaging the prop, it's gear box, and the fuselage...
-some of our employees were playing on the Ramp in duluth and hit one of our Brasilias with a wheelchair (no less) and it caused so much damage they had to have a cargo plane bring in a NEW spinner, gear box, and new blade
I'll talk w/ my buddies who are supervisors at Southwest tonight @ the airport and see if they can clarify..
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1223 times:
well, the person who told me about is a US ramp sup, and they're on other side of Delta, so of course he either saw it happen and heard about the damage 2nd hand, or he was told the story from someone who was there.
But still, no one at Southwest is saying a thing...
AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1207 times:
What was a Southwest cart doing anywhere near a DL plane? I thought SW was still operating out of concourse F on terminal 3, until their new B concourse at terminal 1 is finished? If you the runaway cart would have had to pass through the AA and US gates, then hang a 90 degree turn to hit a DL plane, unless it hit the plane while taxiing, but even then it would cross a few taxiways and some grass probably......
DL Widget head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2039 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1160 times:
It's true...ship #322 sustained damage by a WN baggage cart resulting in a hole in the fuselage measuring over 70in in length and 12in wide. The a/c was not ferried to ATL as previously posted and is currently undergoing repairs at FLL (at least enough to ferry to ATL).
DC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1116 times:
I think if you call a hotel to ask if there's someone staying there, or why certained rooms were booked, I think they're not allowed to tell anyone who wants to know, but that's a different story.
You really called Southwest to ask about an incident? Of course they're under a gag order, you don't think they'd tell anyone who called what happened, do you?
DL Widget head-
A 5'10" by one foot gash? Come on, I think someone is exagerrating a little. Even if that baggage cart was loaded to capacity, moving at 25 MPH when it hit the 737, and had no rubber pieces on the top edges of the cart (making it easier to penetrate anything it hits), I seriously doubt it would make a gash that big. I'm not saying it didn't happen, but I find it extremely hard to believe.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 19 Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1096 times:
SegmentKing...I think I'd read that you worked for UAL. If there was an incident involving UAL, would their legal department have a bit of an issue with a counter person making statements? Other places I've worked have had a standing order that anyone inquiring about incidents were to be referred to a specific person or department. I never though of you as one of the "black helicopter" types.
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 888 times:
Nah, i'm not with United. I got in trouble years ago when I was working for UAX and one of our 1900s was involved in a fatal crash, so I learned my lesson. I'm an 'independent contractor' per se with the airlines, I just do work on the side for them when i'm not working on a project for a start up out of Chicago.
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 881 times:
In regards to the hotel, I was trying to find a hotel room for one of the mechanics for a company associated w/ one I do some work with (just being helpful) ... I normally got the best airline rates @ the HoJo, so called them, and they volunteered the info over the phone......
anyway, Southwest also uses concourse "E" at FLL, although Delta is just around the corner.
Delta also parks one of its planes in the holding pad between E / F concourses now....
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 858 times:
reason I called WN Ops in FLL is i know a large deal of their supervisors and ops folks (non-work related) and they normally let me know what's going on, so I figured it was worth a shot.
No one is still talking, but I'm wondering if a bag cart strayed and hit one of their parked planes in the E/F static ramp.... i mean, the winds DO get strong in FLL.... strong enough to send one flying across a ramp if the tongue isn't locked in the 'up' position...