DeltaB717 wrote:CBRboy wrote:flyinghighboy wrote:Qatar 777 still stuck in CBR, never left on Sunday for the return service to SYD/DOH.
You can see it on the Canberra Airport webcam.
Yes, I noticed it there late in the afternoon on Sunday and thought that was unusual. Then on Monday morning there were two QR 777s side-by-side at gates, which prompted me to check FlightAware and now FlightRadar24. The one that seems stuck is A7-BER. The return QR907 service to Sydney and on to Doha was cancelled on Sunday.
Anyone know what has happened? Strange to leave it at the gate if they are waiting on engineers or parts? There appears to be a tanker parked under the port wing at the moment.
I've heard it was a hydraulic failure, and I've heard it was a major electrical fault. The latter I heard from someone who has access to that kind of information, the former I read several times on facebook, so I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions. All I can say is I saw it in the flesh with flaps, spoilers and nose gear doors out, and the flaps remained extended right up until it left. The aircraft was repositioned from Bay 5 to Bay 4 on Sunday evening so that the SQ flight (and subsequent QR flights) could access the terminal. The part arrived yesterday and the aircraft departed shortly before midnight last night nonstop to Doha.
I can understand why they did this, as this way gate 3 remains accessible for domestic flights, but they can actually run simultaneous international flights from gates 4 and 5. This is what they did when SQ still operated SIN-CBR-WLG and was on the ground at the same time as QR. Qatar used gate 4 and Singapore used gate 5. The downside is that the entire concourse becomes a secure international zone and domestic flights are restricted to gates 6-14. This wasn't a big deal from 0900-1300 when the airport is pretty quiet anyway but I can understand why it could cause some issues in the evening if Pelican and Virgin ATRs have to park at contact gates.
This is just an observation, I'm not arguing with you!