back in 1998, I remember seeing one of our 737 a/c in the hangar undergoing a HUGE HUGE sheetmetal repair that took about 3 weeks to complete.
The story goes like this as I was told:
N799AS was delivered to new AS
from Boeing 2 weeks before this happened so it was a new a/c at the time. The aircraft was landing at JNU and overpitched too high and the tail had a skid. The tailskid barely touched the ground but the aft belly scraped the ground upon landing. The damage to the aircraft was pretty bad, so AS
had to ferry the aircraft back to SEA
with no pax on it but flew at a very low altitude. Once back in SEA
in the hangar, the mechanics cut out a huge portion of the aft belly's skin and replaced it with one huge sheetmetal patch. I saw the cut out part of the skin and it looked like a pretty bad scrape.
employees: The next time you see 799AS at your station, look under the belly, aft of the main gear but before the tailskid and you'll see that HUGE sheetmetal patch.
A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.