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Accident Remains

Sun Jan 18, 2004 11:06 pm

What happens to the remains of aircraft which are involved in aircrash accidents after the investigations are finished, are they scrapped or stored in some hanger some place? Just interested to know???
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RE: Accident Remains

Sun Jan 18, 2004 11:17 pm

I'm not an expert but I imagine they're stored as any evidence would, in case other theories, lawsuits or something rise later.
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RE: Accident Remains

Sun Jan 18, 2004 11:21 pm

Back in the earlier days, the remains just stayed at the crash site. The DC-3 that crashed just northwest of CHO back in the late 50's comes to mind. You can still find remains there about 500' below the summit where Skyline Drive is. Rumor is that you can STILL find remains from UA 173 southeast of PDX in a wooded field.

NASA still has remains from both Challenger and Columbia in their possession at the Kennedy Space Center, and the FAA still has TWA 800 parts stashed somewhere (is it also at the KSC or in a hangar at JFK?)

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RE: Accident Remains

Mon Jan 19, 2004 3:08 am

I have heard somewhere that if the a/c is written off, once the insurance claims are settled, the wreckage belongs to the insurance company.
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RE: Accident Remains

Mon Jan 19, 2004 3:42 am

A Bax DC8 went down in the field across from our house in 1992. After the NTSB took the parts that they wanted, the rest was sent to the scrapyard.
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RE: Accident Remains

Mon Jan 19, 2004 3:49 am

In the Dallas area, there is a company I believe is called "Lancaster Air Salvage" or something like that, which keeps airplane wreckage, much like a regular junk yard.
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RE: Accident Remains

Mon Jan 19, 2004 5:46 am

I know (am aware) that the flight-deck section of PA103 was scrapped after the investigation. Parts of the Turkish DC-10 from Paris are still in the forest many were gathered and put on the monument their, (just bits of wiring and other small stuff).


EDIT: Missed a word (Flight-X)

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