Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine  
User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2814 times:

From the Feds...

IDENTIFICATION
Regis#: 313FL Make/Model: B737 Description: 737-300
Date: 01/01/2003 Time: 1945

Event Type: Incident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N Damage: Unknown

LOCATION City: DENVER State: CO Country: US

DESCRIPTION

FRONTIER 136 WAS PUSHING BACK FOR DEPARTURE WHEN A MECHANIC THREW A WHEEL CHOCK INTO ONE OF THE ENGINES. DENVER, CO.

Bizzare... he has been charged with sabotaging the aircraft.


I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
15 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAccidentally From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2792 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!




How nice of him.



Cory Crabtree - crab453 - Indianapolis - 2R2 - 1966 PA-32-260
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

Are we sure that he wasn't just chucking it to one side and misjudged the throw?

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2752 times:

Backfire,

I'm told he was unhappy about the replacement of a nav light on the wing, and thought the aircraft was therefore unsafe to fly. He thought the only way to stop the flight from taking place was to disable the aircraft by throwing the chock into the engine  Insane



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2746 times:

Frontier engineer sabotages jet
A Frontier Airlines mechanic was charged in a federal court in Denver yesterday (Thursday) with sabotaging a Dallas-bound yet to prevent it from taking off because he thought the aircraft was not safe.

Corydon Van Dyke Cochran, 44, allegedly threw a rubber wheel chock into the running engine of a Boeing 737 after deciding that was the only way to prevent Frontier flight 136 from taking off on New Year's Day.

Cochran, who has been suspended from his job pending an investigation, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 (£156,000) fine if convicted, prosecutors said.

According to an affidavit filed with8 the court by FBI Special Agent Nick Vanicelli, the incident occurred at about 12.40pm on New Year's Day as Frontier flight 136 was preparing to depart to Dallas Fort Worth.

Pilot David Davidson was in the cockpit preparing to depart when he saw Cochran walk towards the front of the aircraft and throw a wheel chock into the number one engine, which was running, the affidavit said. Davidson shut down the aircraft and it was towed back to the gate.

Cochran had seen a burned-out light on the jet's wing and was concerned that an inspection that had been done in Tampa the previous day was "probably suspect", Vanicelli told the court.

"Cochran explained that he felt aircraft 313 was unsafe and should have a lightning strike inspection performed on it prior to departing," the affidavit said.

"Cochran stated that as the aircraft was being pushed back from the gate, he decided that the only way to keep it flying was to disable it."

Frontier spokeswoman Elise Eberwein said: "There certainly were other options he probably could have taken to prevent the flight from departing," including notifying the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane had been inspected twice in Tampa on Tuesday night, flown uneventfully to Denver and had been checked again there for possible damage, Eberwein said.




User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

How much it does cost engine and nav light? Engine is $100,000 and nav light is about $150 I guess. What the heck mechanic doing this? For Pete's Sake!

Big777jet





User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2720 times:

Big777jet,

You'll want to add another zero to the price of your engine..... at least.


User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

Jet engines are multi-million dollar a piece. Recall a 757 RB211 engine was replaced here in the UK at a cost of around £2.5 million (US$3.5 million) some years ago though that included more than the physical engine itself i think.

What a moron.



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offline737heavy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 601 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2686 times:

Sabotage is a bit steep isn't it. 20 years! I suppose next he will have links to terrorism.

Regards


User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2669 times:

"Sabotage is a bit steep isn't it."

Absolutely not. Sabotage (n): a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged

Sounds spot on to me. He also endangered the lives of those on board which is equally inexcusible. Whatever happens, I trust this individual will never again be allowed to work with aircraft. No-one who is prepared to throw an item into a running jet engine deserves to be trusted as a mechanic on one!



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2614 times:

Well said Rick767.... this guy sounds way to unstable to be
working on the ramp.

Travis


User currently offline737heavy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 601 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

No I agree it's an evil thing to do and the guy should do time for it. But isn't it more reckless endangerment than sabotage. I always thought of sabotage as doing it covertly, not doing in on the apron with everyone watching.

Regards


User currently offlineBeefmoney From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1113 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

How come my topic on this was deleted and this one wasnt?

Oh well, the popular thinking is that the mechanic is a little "off".*

*crazy Smile


User currently offline737heavy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 601 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

There are already 2 topics on this subject.

Regards


User currently offlineBucky707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1028 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

To me the question is this....why did he feel that he had to take such drastic action? If a mechanic had a concern about the safety of an airplane, I am surprised that they did not at least delay things to see if it was a legitimate concern.

User currently offline747-451 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2428 times:

That wasn't a wheel chock, it was a sandwich from an inflight meal!

Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Mechanic Sucked Into CO 737 Engine In El Paso posted Mon Jan 16 2006 22:51:33 by Radiocheck
Fargo Airport Also Interested In Frontier posted Sun Jan 14 2007 16:16:24 by KarlB737
Airports Line Up To Join In Frontier's Expansion posted Mon Oct 9 2006 21:30:47 by KarlB737
How Would PVD Bring In Frontier? posted Sat Jun 17 2006 08:39:48 by Ronerone
What's In This Caravelle's Engine? posted Sat Dec 17 2005 21:44:55 by Duke
Coach Cabin In CO 737-500 posted Sat Oct 8 2005 20:11:21 by Rampart
Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE posted Fri Feb 25 2005 22:06:34 by Vivavegas
PIA 737 Engine Vibrations posted Sat Oct 4 2003 23:50:53 by GF-A330
Frontier's 737-200 Tails posted Sat Jul 12 2003 18:47:20 by Hockey55dude
Miami 727 In New (737-800) Colors posted Mon Jan 27 2003 09:19:24 by Fly-K