call911mfc
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What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:34 pm

I can't find any more about what happened to the UA 747 Reg N4713U flying as flight 811 that had an explosive decrompression en route from HNL to Aukland/Sydney back in 1989. The cargo door failed and tore off a large section of fuselage on the right side, taking out several rows of seats and 9 passengers as well.

I grew up in Hawaii under the flight path to HNL and I remember it coming in over the house late that night. I thought it unusual since noise abatement forced them to an overwater approach from 0700-1900.

I can't find any info about the aircraft after the incident. I was curious if it was repaired and returned to service or was the airframe scrapped?

If anyone knows any info, it would be greatly appreciated.
 
ZKNBX
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:20 pm

A/c was reparied and put back into service with UA. Where it is now I can't say.
 
joffie
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:27 pm

Was repaired, and put back into service with UA in 1999.

However was re-registered N4724U according to wikipedia.

The A/C was then taken out of service and passed onto Air Dabia as C5-FBS in 1997. According to airfleets.net it has been stored since 2000.
 
centrair
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:43 pm

Quoting Joffie (Reply 2):
Was repaired, and put back into service with UA in 1999.

However was re-registered N4724U according to wikipedia.

The A/C was then taken out of service and passed onto Air Dabia as C5-FBS in 1997. According to airfleets.net it has been stored since 2000.


Time travel possible?
In 1989 repaired and put back into service with UA with new register

The plane was flying with Air Dabia in 1996

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Titch
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:36 pm

The airframe was broken for spares at Plattsburg, NY in 2004 after being stored for a number of years.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Titch
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call911mfc
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Thu Sep 21, 2006 12:13 am

Thank guys. I knew a.netters would be able to answer that question!
 
efcar98
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Thu Sep 21, 2006 2:49 am

I remember seeing a mini documentary on 20/20 about ten years ago that exposed the fact that the plane involved in that incident was put back into service. United was portrayed as irresponsible for their choice to put it back in service.
 
positiverate
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Thu Sep 21, 2006 3:07 am

Quoting Centrair (Reply 3):
Time travel possible?
In 1989 repaired and put back into service with UA with new register

Relax...clearly he made a typo.
 
m404
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Thu Sep 21, 2006 7:03 am

EFCar98

So what your saying is that UA, the FAA, and Boeing are wrong and that the engineering studies and test performed after repairs are lies and should never have happened?
Less sarcasm and more thought equal better understanding
 
OPNLguy
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Thu Sep 21, 2006 7:23 am

Quoting M404 (Reply 8):
So what your saying is that UA, the FAA, and Boeing are wrong and that the engineering studies and test performed after repairs are lies and should never have happened?

No, I think he's saying that 20/20 portrayed United as being irresponsible for their choice to put it back in service....

(Just like the Pope, just because someone cites something doesn't necessarily mean they personally subscribe to it themselves...)  Wink
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efcar98
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:26 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 9):
No, I think he's saying that 20/20 portrayed United as being irresponsible for their choice to put it back in service....

(Just like the Pope, just because someone cites something doesn't necessarily mean they personally subscribe to it themselves...)

Thanks,

It sucks getting torn apart just for adding your $.02. Those like OPNL who know what the deal is are greatly appreciated.

Eitan
 
virgin747
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:42 pm

I see both sides.... I'd be upset too if I found out that the plane that killed a family member was put back into service considering they found a flaw in the 747.... But at the same time thats at the time a 80 million piece of machine doing nothing ... like a few other Boeing planes that have bit the dust, its just cheaper to repair them, then to go buy a new one.
 
joffie
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RE: What Happened To UA Flight 811 Airframe?

Thu Sep 21, 2006 2:29 pm

Quoting Positiverate (Reply 7):
Time travel possible?
In 1989 repaired and put back into service with UA with new register

Relax...clearly he made a typo.

Thanks

Indeed, I did mean '89.