FA9295 wrote:I'm pretty sure that N345AN is done for, sadly. If the aircraft could have be repaired, they would have done that a long time ago. Hopefully I'm wrong, though. It's weird that the aircraft still at ORD. I would have figured that they would have shipped/flown it off to the boneyard by now...
crownvic wrote:Fits the same situation as the USAir A320 at PHL that had an accident several years ago. It got wrapped in a blue "body bag" after the accident and although it has moved to the east end of the field, not much has happened since.
NYPECO wrote:When airlines let damaged planes sit on a ramp for years, do they have any real plan for the aircraft or do they just forget about it?
Channex757 wrote:Scrapping at an airport like ORD is tough. A properly experienced and licenced salvage company has to come in, deal with the aircraft and all its contaminants, then leave the field totally clean of every last flake of paint. It's a massive job and assuming a dismantler can be found to do the job, can often cost more than it's worth as the salvage value is pretty low. If the engines are gone then where is the money?
That's why these planes get donated as fire trainers or even cabin trainers.
I think most of us get that, but you would think that there are insurance provisions in place to handle such a chore. We have an ex-US A320 sitting at PHL near an FBO ramp relatively intact since March of 2014 (over 4 years ago) and now we have an ex-AA 763 following similar footsteps. This sort of thing is common in third world countries where an aircraft that had an accident will sit around indefinitely, maybe get inhabited by local people or the government will tow it to a local park, but in the U.S., one would think these grounded aircraft would become a liability at an operational airport? Somebody must own these aircraft and one would think that some sort of insurance would still have to be maintained on them.
Channex757 wrote:maybe get inhabited by local people or the government will tow it to a local park
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