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MD80 Since Alaska

Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:25 pm

Just curious what has been done, industry wide, in regards to the jack screw on the MD80 since the unfortunate Alaska Airlines crash. Are the individual airlines resposible for proper maintenence, has the been any other changes?

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RE: MD80 Since Alaska

Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:20 pm


As far as I remember, a note was issued to check this screw more often and to double check the lubrification of the screw.

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RE: MD80 Since Alaska

Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:10 pm

Also, did this also affect the MD90?
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RE: MD80 Since Alaska

Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:24 pm

It affected the MD80, MD90 and 717, all share the same (non-failsafe) design.

It may of also included the DC-9, i dont recall.
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RE: MD80 Since Alaska

Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:11 am

I think the inspection interval got moved back to 250 to 500 hrs. airplane 
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RE: MD80 Since Alaska

Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:42 pm

Just curious....how do aircraft such as the Delta Shuttle MD-88's that cycle hourly in a given day fit into that maintenance schedule? Are there maintenance facilities at BOS, LGA, or DCA? Or would they shuttle each aircraft down to another airport ie ATL?

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RE: MD80 Since Alaska

Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:45 am

Our current interval is 1000 hours for the Phase 1 (visual) inspection and 2000 hours for the phase 2 (endplay) inspection. These are both A.D. driven and the A.D. applies to all DC-9 series,MD-88, MD-90, and 717

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