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What Happens When Aircraft Is Damaged?

Thu Feb 28, 2002 9:38 am

Dear All,

I was looking through pics on the site, and came up on this photo.

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Now a lot of questions are running through my mind. If an aircraft like this gets damaged, what happens?

1. Where does the airline get another aircraft to cover for its route?

2. What happens to all the passengers who planned to take that flight?

3. How does it affect the rest of the airlines routes and schedules?

4. How long does it take to fix?

What interests me the most is how an airline deals with this in their system, and if they have a method in place to deal with such a situation. Thanks a bunch!

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RE: What Happens When Aircraft Is Damaged?

Thu Feb 28, 2002 11:27 am

It depends on how large the airline is. In the short interim the affected airline will try to transfer their pax to competitors.

It is rare that airlines have spare airplanes just sitting around. However schedules can be juggled, airplanes in long-term maintenance can be expedited.

This looks like "ramp rash"; there will likely be some disciplinary actions against personnel.

Repair time? It probably took two days to determine the extent of the damage. If this airplane were not at an airport where repairs could be made minimal damage would be repaired. Then a Ferry Permit would allow the airplane to fly to where final repairs would be made. My guess would be 3 to 4 weeks before this airplane flew revenue again.
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RE: What Happens When Aircraft Is Damaged?

Thu Feb 28, 2002 11:48 am

That DC10 was hit by the wing of a South African Airways B747SP.
I think the captain went on to fly for Asiana out of Anchorage. Big grin
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RE: What Happens When Aircraft Is Damaged?

Thu Feb 28, 2002 2:08 pm

A simple two day fix. The only thing damaged was the tail cone. ND tests may consume 6 hours, but the R&R is 100 man hours. No big deal. Now if the horizontal had been damaged that would have run into weeks instead of days.
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RE: What Happens When Aircraft Is Damaged?

Thu Feb 28, 2002 5:34 pm

Metwrench, it is mayby a stupid question, but wat is a Ferry Permit?

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RE: What Happens When Aircraft Is Damaged?

Thu Feb 28, 2002 8:01 pm

A Ferry Permit is a permit issued by the FAA allowing you to "ferry" or fly an otherwise unairworthy aircraft to a facility for repair or maintenance.

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