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SAS Grounds MD80

Fri Nov 09, 2001 11:18 pm

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.

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RE: SAS Grounds MD80

Fri Nov 09, 2001 11:28 pm

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.


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RE: SAS Grounds MD80

Fri Nov 09, 2001 11:39 pm

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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RE: SAS Grounds MD80 - 1st A321 To CPH On Monday

Fri Nov 09, 2001 11:47 pm

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.
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RE: SAS Grounds MD80

Fri Nov 09, 2001 11:58 pm

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.

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Has Boeing Warned Others?

Sat Nov 10, 2001 12:04 am

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?
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Other Airliners Must Do Same?

Sat Nov 10, 2001 12:57 am

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

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RE: SAS Grounds MD80

Sat Nov 10, 2001 1:27 am

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.
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RE: SAS Grounds MD80

Sat Nov 10, 2001 2:15 am

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?

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RE: SAS Grounds MD80

Sat Nov 10, 2001 4:13 am

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".

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RE: SAS Grounds MD80

Sat Nov 10, 2001 4:41 am

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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RE: SAS Grounds MD80

Sat Nov 10, 2001 4:56 am

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

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RE: SAS Grounds MD80

Mon Nov 12, 2001 10:07 am

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.

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RE: SAS Grounds MD80

Mon Nov 12, 2001 11:44 pm

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!

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