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Not Putting The Net Up In A/c Holds - How Serious?

Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:35 am

To my horror I recently saw a few times that my fellow workers at the ramp closed the door of a/c bulk/bellyholds without putting the 'net' up. Besides that I know airlines can be quite sensitive about this I also think this is a safety issue because there is a small chance the door can be unlocked during flight in certain conditions.

Anybody can give any feedback on this one?

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RE: Not Putting The Net Up In A/c Holds - How Serious?

Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:41 am

Sure can. The 727 came in one night in Toledo about this time of year. The packages in the hold had blocked the door from opening because they weren't netted properly so the ramp rats used the conveyor as a battering ram to push the door in and translate it back and unload. Then they left.

The crew couldn't get a green light on the door so the call went in (to the FBO where I worked we had turn around service for TWA and they kept the 727 at the terminal overnight) and Tom Meyer spent the whole friggin' night from 6:00 p.m until 5:30 am in subzero weather-Toledo, Ohio in January- re-rigging the door for the morning flight.

That's what those assholes did.
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RE: Not Putting The Net Up In A/c Holds - How Serious?

Fri Jan 13, 2006 1:47 pm

Sudden shift of Bulk loads during critical phase such as T/O can cause a Pitch change which could be very Dangerous.
Do not close the Bulk Cargo doors with out ensuring Lashing nets are Taut & Secured.
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RE: Not Putting The Net Up In A/c Holds - How Serious?

Fri Jan 13, 2006 2:40 pm

If the baggage door opens inward and the nets are not put up, the bags can shift and block the door from being opened. It is a pain in the ass trying to get it open. Where I used to work we would try to get the door opened partway, then try to squeeze the smallest ramper in there to remove the bags so the door could be opened all the way. There were a couple occasions where I was the smallest ramper on duty. Yes, the light does go out when the door is closed.

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