Regarding replies 2 and 3:
The fact that the insurers might write off an aircraft as irrepairable does not necessarily mean an aircraft cannot be repaired. If the insurers write-off an aircraft, it means that it is not cost-effective for them to pay for the damaged aircraft to be repaired, as it would probably be cheaper to buy a new aircraft.
It is possible that a skilled maintenance crew could see there is some benefit in repairing an aircraft written-off by the insurers. After all, they could acquire it from the insurers at a knock-down price.
The former UK Charter airline, DanAir, once purchased a written-off Mexicana 727-264Adv that had suffered damage from a heavy landing. Although the insurers thought it was uneconomical to repair the aircraft, the Dan-Air engineers felt otherwise and restored the aircraft to full airworthy condition. It was then utilised as part of Dan-Air fleet. I think the aircraft involved was G-BMLP as this 727 had a noticeable "hump" on it, but no Dan-Air engineer would confirm (or deny) this.
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