Rick767
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Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Fri Jan 03, 2003 7:25 pm

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.
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Accidentally
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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Fri Jan 03, 2003 7:42 pm




How nice of him.
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backfire
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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Fri Jan 03, 2003 8:38 pm

Are we sure that he wasn't just chucking it to one side and misjudged the throw?
 
Rick767
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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Fri Jan 03, 2003 8:40 pm

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
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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Fri Jan 03, 2003 8:47 pm

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.


 
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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Fri Jan 03, 2003 9:12 pm

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!

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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Fri Jan 03, 2003 9:18 pm

Big777jet,

You'll want to add another zero to the price of your engine..... at least.
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Rick767
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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Fri Jan 03, 2003 9:31 pm

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.
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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Fri Jan 03, 2003 10:18 pm

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

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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Fri Jan 03, 2003 10:40 pm

"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!
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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Sat Jan 04, 2003 12:10 am

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

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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Sat Jan 04, 2003 12:42 am

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.

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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Sat Jan 04, 2003 3:46 am

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".*

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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Sat Jan 04, 2003 3:59 am

There are already 2 topics on this subject.

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bucky707
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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Sat Jan 04, 2003 4:17 am

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.
 
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RE: Chock Thrown In Frontier 737 Engine

Sat Jan 04, 2003 4:35 am

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