EK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5328 posts, RR: 6 Posted (2 years 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 16088 times:
Was on SSC forum & came across what seems to me as being strange & probably not wise decision to be permitted.
In the image we have Singapore Airlines A340-541 under tow with her main forward cargo door open. Question, is this a wise move considering there is great possibility of damage being caused to the aircraft / door? I know its common for aircraft to be towed with inward opening holds open but this is a first for me! Your thoughts?
After doing a search in our database I only noted another occasion with same practice of towing the aircraft with cargo hold door open.
EK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5328 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 15567 times:
Quoting Stitch (Reply 1): Perhaps the door is jammed and she's being towed to an area for repairs?
Your probably right, but aren't aircraft fitted with an over ride system I remember being buckled up on QF002 BKK-SYD service, ready for push back, awaiting the final cargo hold door to being shut. After a lengthy delay due to the ground staff not able to shut the door the Captain walked downstairs and shut the door in override mode (announced this over the PA to explain the delay with our departure)
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AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6176 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 15301 times:
Quoting EK413 (Thread starter): Question, is this a wise move considering there is great possibility of damage being caused to the aircraft / door?
No, it's not a good idea. At my particular employer, the policy is that there is never to be any towing with any door or structural hatch open (E&E bay, bag pits, main cabin doors, etc). These doors are structural- while it's unlikely that the plane will buckle in half if you hit a bump while towing, it's best to have them secured.
Quoting EK413 (Reply 2): I remember being buckled up on QF002 BKK-SYD service, ready for push back, awaiting the final cargo hold door to being shut. After a lengthy delay due to the ground staff not able to shut the door the Captain walked downstairs and shut the door in override mode (announced this over the PA to explain the delay with our departure)
Your captain was full of.... something other than honesty.
If the door is truly jammed, then it's jammed.
I can't think of a situation where a ramper- who opens and closes cargo doors for a living- would be unable to close the door, but the captain- who pushes buttons for a living- would be able to do it. Cycle a circuit breaker? Sure. Close a "jammed" door? Nope.
KaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12316 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 15226 times:
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Quoting EK413 (Reply 4): From my understanding the captain said the door wouldn't lock and had to be locked manually. I'm not a ramp worker therefore I don't have any knowledge of the locking process.
Or it could be as simple as the door being locked, but the indicator light not showing it properly locked and the captain had to physically confirm the door being locked (happens on CRJs all the time, so I'm sure it happens on other planes too)
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petteri From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8791 times:
Odd indeed. It must be really and truly jammed. Not sure how the 340 is, but on the 320 series you can manually "pump" the door closed in case of a hydraulic failure. Not fun, but it gets the job done.
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