Don´t rule out the possibility of LH
Technik to repair the plane. For one, the plane is already in a facility equiped to repair heavy damage. The tricky part will be to design a jig which will hold both the tail and the fuselage in the proper position relative to each other while the damaged skin and stringers are being replaced.
When I wasdoing my apprenticeship with LH
Technik in SXF
yearsago they had a badly damaged 737-300. The plane got hit by a truck in MUC
. After an assessment of the damage ( skin, stringers and frames damaged on the L/H side aft of the wing) the plane was ferried w/o cabin pressure to SXF
. The plane was a write-off, but the sheeties in SXF
got told that theywould have all time theyneeded and they should just look at it if they could repair it. They built a jig to hold the tail and the fuselage and then repaired the plane. Boeing got so impressed they offered LH
the position as Boeing crash team for Europe for the 737. LH
management refused the offer.