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What Happens When Aircraft Is Damaged?  
User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 23
Posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3720 times:

Dear All,

I was looking through pics on the site, and came up on this photo.

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Now a lot of questions are running through my mind. If an aircraft like this gets damaged, what happens?

1. Where does the airline get another aircraft to cover for its route?

2. What happens to all the passengers who planned to take that flight?

3. How does it affect the rest of the airlines routes and schedules?

4. How long does it take to fix?

What interests me the most is how an airline deals with this in their system, and if they have a method in place to deal with such a situation. Thanks a bunch!

 Smile Tzvika  Smile

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User currently offlineMetwrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3673 times:

It depends on how large the airline is. In the short interim the affected airline will try to transfer their pax to competitors.

It is rare that airlines have spare airplanes just sitting around. However schedules can be juggled, airplanes in long-term maintenance can be expedited.

This looks like "ramp rash"; there will likely be some disciplinary actions against personnel.

Repair time? It probably took two days to determine the extent of the damage. If this airplane were not at an airport where repairs could be made minimal damage would be repaired. Then a Ferry Permit would allow the airplane to fly to where final repairs would be made. My guess would be 3 to 4 weeks before this airplane flew revenue again.

User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

That DC10 was hit by the wing of a South African Airways B747SP.
I think the captain went on to fly for Asiana out of Anchorage. Big grin

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3609 times:

A simple two day fix. The only thing damaged was the tail cone. ND tests may consume 6 hours, but the R&R is 100 man hours. No big deal. Now if the horizontal had been damaged that would have run into weeks instead of days.

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User currently offlineTurbotrent From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 152 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 3583 times:

Metwrench, it is mayby a stupid question, but wat is a Ferry Permit?

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User currently offlineSurv1 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 19 hours ago) and read 3564 times:

A Ferry Permit is a permit issued by the FAA allowing you to "ferry" or fly an otherwise unairworthy aircraft to a facility for repair or maintenance.

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