lightsaber wrote:Asturias wrote:Carlos01 wrote:
Seriously, anyone saying "only minor damage" after seeing that video should probably also go through an "assessment" like the plane.
I agree. The fire seems to have eaten through the fusalage, underneath the cockpit.It's pretty obvious in this video:
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6498786/f ... t-updated/
The ash, the heat, the water and foam has definitely caused intense local damage. That's not minor damage, nor is it a question of a "few days" in tech/ops to repair. This could take weeks or more to repair, if it will *ever* be repaired.
I believe the decision will be left to the insurance and LH.
There is some cost to scrap at FRA (vs. a profit flown out). I believe the damage is less than the insured residual value, so likely the insurance company will offer to repair. Will LH or will they negotiate for a transfer of funds? I don't know. It will depend on the damage. It will depend on LH's timeline for continued A343 operation. It will depend on how well LH calculates the economics.
We're in a widebody glut. It might be more economical to purchase a used A333?
I agree with the last statement. They might not have a choice re scrapping it at FRA. The cost to make it flyable anywhere else would destroy any parts profit margin.
Fire damage to avionics, structure and possibly hydraulics in the gear bay. Smoke damage to cockpit and cabin. Water and foam damage everywhere. 18 years as a LH aircraft means close to 90,000 hours on her. I would not be surprised to see her cut up where she is.