dtw9
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MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:24 pm






Looks like more problems for MAS, Heres part of the article

Report: Malaysian Airplane Vandalized
1/6/2005 11:14:00 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 06, 2005 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- A Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Japan was grounded after maintenance crew found hydraulic oil spilled on the instrument panel in the cockpit, a newspaper reported Friday.
It was the national carrier's fourth aircraft to be grounded "under unusual circumstances" over the past two years, The Star daily reported, quoting unidentified sources. Previous cases involved electrical wires that were tampered.


 
MD11Engineer
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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Fri Jan 07, 2005 2:10 pm

What aircraft type?

Jan
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dtw9
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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Fri Jan 07, 2005 2:14 pm

What aircraft type? Another A330

 
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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Fri Jan 07, 2005 2:19 pm

Dont forget the 777 that had the SAME guy fix both engines..... and made the same mistake on both of them.......
Bush, your a sad, sad man.
 
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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Fri Jan 07, 2005 2:19 pm

YES URLS in signature!!!
 
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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Fri Jan 07, 2005 5:15 pm

N754pr
I guess that was the 772 to AKL.

Dtw9
Did a similiar thing happen to a MAS 332 back in 2001?
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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Fri Jan 07, 2005 6:20 pm

Its about time that MAS installs security cameras on their aircraft.
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MD11Engineer
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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Sat Jan 08, 2005 2:56 am

There are not hydraulics lines in the cockpit of an A330 or a 777. There is also no excuse for bringing Skydrol into the cockpit. The Skydrol will have disolved all the plastics and paints of the instrument panels. This is clearly sabotage.

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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Sat Jan 08, 2005 10:37 am

It is an A332 this time. Only 5 of these in the fleet. Reg is classified.

The other time Dtw talked about was an A333.
 
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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Sat Jan 08, 2005 12:09 pm

What a shame. It is going to cost them an enormous amount of money to repair or replace damaged avionics and other parts and then there is the lost revenue.

Are there labor problems at Malaysia Airlines? I do not think security cameras will solve the problem. If the saboteur can brazenly walk into the cockpit and damage the airplane, then this individual can easily work around security cameras.

Someone (other than the saboteur) at the airline must know something or should have noticed something amiss. Whoever did this will get caught if they try it again.
 
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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Sat Jan 08, 2005 12:28 pm

I think it is somebody who works on the planes, an insider. It might even be a mechanic.
I´ve heard from an American colleague, that, when Lufthansa laid off their own mechanics in the US to let UA do the maintenance work on LH planes, some LH mechanics commited acts of sabotage and the whole lot got blacklisted due to this, I don´t know if this is true.
Does MAS have a labour dispute?
On the other hand, about 15 years ago, there was a series of sabotages at THF in Berlin, somebody who knew what he was doing e.g. cut deicing boots on planes or stuffed cleaning rags into the oil cooler air intakes of helicopters, so that the pilot wouldn´t be able to see it during his walkaround. AFAIK, they never caught the person. The sabotage stopped as suddenly as it started. Airport authorities assumed that it might either be a still working airport employee or somebody who was working for the USAF, when they still used this airport, but got laid off a few months before.
Any airport has security holes and if somebody knows how to move on an airport without attracting attention it is very hard to catch him.

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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Sat Jan 08, 2005 12:41 pm

It has to be someone that has access to the airplane ordinarily. No question about that. But there is the question of motivation. If the authorities can identify possible motives, that would probably turn up a few suspects.
 
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RE: MAS Aircraft Vandalized Again

Sat Jan 08, 2005 7:37 pm

Well, it's no surprise that its an insider's job and it's just about 'known' that one or a few of MAS' own employees did it. Reason is also 'guessed' but we'll just leave it at that and see what the police probe results in.

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