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Debarking Because Of MX Issue

Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:44 am

Hello all, just wondering if anybody experienced debarking an aircraft after you get settled in and you hear over the pa from the pilot the airplane is broke and need to change aircraft? Never experienced this, but I can imagine it is real pain in a butt and how much time it adds to your trip.
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RE: Debarking Because Of MX Issue

Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:02 am

Plenty of times. Most recently on a UA 737-500 from ORD to DCA. Was supposed to depart ORD at 9am. All the flights after ours were full, so we finally got out at 3pm on another 735 that was ferried in. Complete pain in the ass, and there's absolutly nothing you can do about it if all other airlines are full as well.
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RE: Debarking Because Of MX Issue

Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:13 am

I think the term is disembarking, rather than debarking. Debarking is something you do to a dog that barks way too much and disturbs the neighbors and you don't want to invest in behavioural training.
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RE: Debarking Because Of MX Issue

Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:57 am

HeyType-rated, I did mean debarking (debark >verb leave a ship or aircraft.
-ORIGIN French débarquer.) But i know what you mean with those barking dogs they are annoying.
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RE: Debarking Because Of MX Issue

Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:09 am

Let's see, I have done this several times all on DL:

L-1011 in ATL with engine problems, deplaned and then about 2 hours later reboarded same aircraft for flight.

L-1011 in JAX with a malfunctioning door. Deplaned and then about 6 hours later reboarded same aircraft for flight.

B767 in ATL boarded then deplaned due to a cargo door issue, then did an aircraft swap to a B757.

B737 in DFW boarded, then a leak was found, source unknown, deplaned and then the flight cancelled.

These are the only ones I remember.

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RE: Debarking Because Of MX Issue

Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:27 am

I have once. It was an America West Express flight from PHX-MSP on a CRJ-900. I noticed the engine cowlings open when I got to the gate about 2.5 hours before the flight (early, I know). But it seemed they took care of it, and we boarded and taxiied (for a long time) to 7L. Just as we were second in line for t/o, we exited the taxi line and went back to the terminal because of some faulty oil pressure indicator. At first they told us to wait on the plane, but just five minutes later we were put back in the terminal. At first we were supposed to wait out repairs, but then they decided to bring in a new plane. Sometimes this takes a long time, but fortunately we were in PHX so other planes were available on the premises, and about an hour and a half later we were on our way. To re-board, we had to either use our boarding pass stubs or our IDs, which were checked against a manifest and crossed off as each person boarded. As we taxiied out again, we went past our old plane, still being worked on.
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RE: Debarking Because Of MX Issue

Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:47 pm

I had one from DEN to YVR on a UA 733 once. after boarding and hearing the announcement of a delay due to MX issue i noticed the baggage handlers stopped loading the bags and shortly after a announcement was made to disembark and return. passengers were told not to leave the lounge unless they needed to use the washroom or get a bite to eat as it was a international flight . A passenger bought duty free in th airport. What happens with duty free items when passengers have to disembark due to matinance and wait for a new plane since the goods were handed to them as they were boarding. All US airports and Caniadian airports use that system when domestic and international departures share the same concourse. the delay was about 2 and a half hours.
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RE: Debarking Because Of MX Issue

Wed Jun 07, 2006 2:19 pm

Never happened to me, until a recent trip when it happened twice in two days, both on AA's MD-80s

Day 1 - DFW to ORD
Boarding on time for a 6 am departure, engines are not started and the plane doesn't move, pilot asks everyone to get off because the plane was being withdrawn from service (no explanation). The flight was moved to another MD-80 a few gates away (at least it was in the same terminal) and we left about 90 minutes late.

Day 2 - MSP to DFW
Plane was ready and lined up for on-time take off, but parked on inactive runway instead, then returned to the gate where we sat for about 30 minutes while the stall computer was replaced. The repair didn't help whatever problem there was with the stall light and we had to deplane. I was lucky enough to get one of the few open seats on the next (and last) flight out to DFW (a CRJ) an hour later, but most passengers had to suffer through a 5 hours delay while the plane was eventually fixed.
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RE: Debarking Because Of MX Issue

Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:15 pm

Here recently this May... on a Ted AB the capt. said that there was a engine problem that they couldn't fix... I was lucky enough that they had another 320 at the next gate that they could use...

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