Aviation Photo #1171294 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 - Northwest Airlines

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    Preston Theler
    Northwest Airlines
    McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
    McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (C-9 Nightingale/Skytrain II)
    McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (C-9 Nightingale/Skytrain II)
    McDonnell Douglas
    47315
    433
    N1308T
    9943
    Minneapolis / St. Paul - International / Wold-Chamberlain Field
    Minnesota
    USA
    February 5, 2007
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Anonymous
11 years ago
Glad there were no casualties here- Oh wait there is one: probably someone's job :-/
Anonymous
11 years ago
Im guessing the driver got sooo fired.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Somebody is fired. i wonder who was moving, i'm guessing both.
Anonymous
11 years ago
That i sooooo NWA! hahah 5* for sure!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Thats the second DC9 to go in a week for NW!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Huh, who won?

Seriously though, that DC-9 will now probably be scrapped. Too bad, I like the DC-9.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Looks like they both got totally owned.
Anonymous
11 years ago
So, are there any details on what happened here?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Yee haw!!! BOY!!! Buck 'em cowboy! Yipee!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
DC-9 vs. Pushback Tug.
I Think the DC-9 won
Anonymous
11 years ago
When the tug obviously hit the left side of the plane, then where does the dc-9s' damage on the right side of the hull come from?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Slipped on patch of glycol
Anonymous
11 years ago
Goldholer, mmmh... If it is golden, i don't know, but the hole is made for sure!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Does the driver of the push back truck injured or not? How can that be! Impossible!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Are they fighting each other, like boxing?
Anonymous
11 years ago
A love scene !!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I just cannot fancy the scenario which led to such an outcome.
Has the tug hit any support from under the DC, and the remains of the support was removed before the photograph? I pray the tug driver has survived. But how did he manage to?
Preston, if there were more info it could have been 5 star. Now it is 4 star.
The pic has left me anxious. )))
Anonymous
11 years ago
I guess he didn't turn the wheels in the direction of the skid! The tug didn't hit the plane on the left because it didn't drive under it. It spun out to the right with the right side of the tug/cab going under the aircraft. At one time the plane was attached in the cradle of the tug...no towbar was used.
Anonymous
11 years ago
You are supposed to use the nose gear to push back, not the main gear.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sucks for both the pilots and the driver..
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great pose,is someone trying to get rid of nwa DC9's
Anonymous
11 years ago
5* because i was their to witness this scene 1st hand....what a mess
Anonymous
11 years ago
The story was while doing a maintance tow the tow driver stopped to quick and locked the tires on slick pavement, causing the aircraft to push him in a quick fish tail, snapping the towbar and slidding the tow under the aircraft, bouncing the aircraft 10ft and then pining the tow under its current location.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I fly for NWA...Northwest...whatever management wants to call the ops, this "super tug" was paid for by employee pay cuts...this is direct correlation with on the job training and low wage labor. I appreciate taking a DC9 out of service!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This plan was being towed by mechanics from hangar to terminal. I believe the tractor driver recieved minor injuries.
Photo captures it all.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I was speaking with an electrical engineer from NW the day after this happened. He indicated that the driver of the tug came out without any major injuries (although he was likely to lose his job). He said they were still trying to figure out exactly what happened. He told me that the plane was scheduled to be retired within 6 weeks and it is totalled, but only worth ~200k. The super tug is totalled as well, but is worth a whopping 800k!
Anonymous
11 years ago
What amazed me about this shot was that I didn't even notice the damage to the plane right away. My eye saw the men changing the tire first and then WHOA!!! Great shot!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Able to see in great detail what happened.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Obviously the tug driver did a big mistake, but it must've been quite a scary moment for him to get an aircraft right upon his head. Hope there was no human injury.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Ladies and Gentlemen we will be experiencing some slight turbulence in a couple of minutes...
Anonymous
10 years ago
It is interesting and scary to see what happens sometimes with tugs and know this could happen to you
Anonymous
10 years ago
She rotated too early! :)
Anonymous
9 years ago
Do not speed in the tarmac =)
Anonymous
9 years ago
Oh my god :)
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great shot
Anonymous
9 years ago
Scabs hard at work doing a steering gear check
Anonymous
9 years ago
Poor DC-9. i wonder if this aircraft will be written off
Anonymous
8 years ago
Look Ma', No hands!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Hmmm, DC9 appears to be trying out body slams on poor tug....
Anonymous
7 years ago
Those guys look like they are trying to fix everything before anyone notices.
Anonymous
5 years ago
It's a DC-NEIN!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Woofffff!
1   Victoria, Australia
7 months ago
tug must have slipped

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