Planesmart wrote:F27500 wrote:How many more of these "vintage" clunkers need to crash before they stop being permitted to fly with pax on board? I'm all for nostalgia, but this is really not a smart idea.
They're not only putting the people who (granted, willingly) are getting on them, but also those on the ground. Just keep these old birds for static display. Its too risky otherwise.
There are already enough rules, regulations and barriers to flying old aircraft.
If we want to eliminate risk, and needless loss of life, then no cars except for emergencies, worthwhile social purposes, and commerce. No more shopping malls, drive ins, race tracks, holidays and plane spotting.
Hopefully not in my remaining life time.
Any old plane like this being flown around is NOT being fitted with good quality (new) parts when things fail. Because they don't exist. They are having old, used, refurbished (or jury-rigged) crap fitted instead. There's no way this kind of thing would be allowed for commercial airlines carrying passengers, so why should these flying museum pieces be able to get around the same stringent rules and checks modern planes/carriers are subject to.
These corroded old birds put too many people at risk just for the sake of "nostalgia".
Another example I'll give is Buffalo Airways (cargo) in Alaska. They have a horrendous crash record .. and all they were flying were these old things .. C47s, DC3s, Electra, etc …
Its not worth the risk, IMO.