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Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:56 am

As per Sam Chui's website, a Thai Airways Airbus A330 chopped the tail off a gulfstream IV. It happened at Vientiane Airport yesterday.

https://samchui.com/2020/03/10/thai-air ... mdx86hKiUl
 
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:01 am

So many double entendre possibilities with this one.
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:01 am

Ouch!

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Source: https://samchui.com/2020/03/10/thai-air ... mdx86hKiUl

Also, the nose landing gear has been twisted.

And how is the A330 doing? :shy:
 
 
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:36 am

So basically the vertical stabilizer becomes a horizontal stab and vice-versa...
 
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:49 am

The second photo on flight global shows the nose wheel a long way behind the stop line

https://www.flightglobal.com/safety/tha ... 57.article
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:30 pm

N14AZ wrote:
Ouch!
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That's hurt (for the plane's owners)
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:37 pm

Simply bolt another 'tail' on the other side and its good to go.
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:44 pm

uta999 wrote:
Simply bolt another 'tail' on the other side and its good to go.


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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:22 pm

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That sure appears to be relatively little damage given the near-total amputation done to the GIV's tail! Wow.
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:24 pm

cathay747 wrote:
BobMUC wrote:


That sure appears to be relatively little damage given the near-total amputation done to the GIV's tail! Wow.


That will be an expensive repair bill Thai will be receiving...unless the Gulfstream wasn't parked in an official parking spot on the apron.
 
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:41 pm

Wow, but based on the photos the GS is parked in a interesting spot especially that close to an active taxi way. Side note does Thai move a lot of freight? 79 passengers on a A330 doesn't even pay for the fuel.
 
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Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:00 pm

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Wow, but based on the photos the GS is parked in a interesting spot especially that close to an active taxi way. Side note does Thai move a lot of freight? 79 passengers on a A330 doesn't even pay for the fuel.


With the severity of the impact, how can we be sure the Gulfstream is in the same place as where it started (or, looking at the nosegear, even pointing the original direction)? There's a high likelihood it has been spun and dragged from where it first got hit.
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:05 pm

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Side note does Thai move a lot of freight? 79 passengers on a A330 doesn't even pay for the fuel.


Have you been following the news at all in the last couple of months? :innocent:
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Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:15 pm

M-YWAY or the H-IGHWAY.
 
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:25 pm

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M-YWAY or the H-IGHWAY.


I also found the picture with the registration number absolutely priceless! :bigthumbsup:
 
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:14 pm

Francoflier wrote:
DCA350 wrote:
Side note does Thai move a lot of freight? 79 passengers on a A330 doesn't even pay for the fuel.


Have you been following the news at all in the last couple of months? :innocent:

Thai Airways only operates widebodies. The airline does have a subsidiary named Thai Smile that operates A320s. I wonder why hasn't Thai just let Thai Smile operate the route.
 
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Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:25 pm

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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:38 pm

afterburner wrote:
Francoflier wrote:
DCA350 wrote:
Side note does Thai move a lot of freight? 79 passengers on a A330 doesn't even pay for the fuel.


Have you been following the news at all in the last couple of months? :innocent:

Thai Airways only operates widebodies. The airline does have a subsidiary named Thai Smile that operates A320s. I wonder why hasn't Thai just let Thai Smile operate the route.

Matter of fact they used to fly a mix of A300s/A330s on the route with 2 flights a day, but only the evening flight remains, which is the one involved in the accident, while the morning flight is replaced with a WE A320
 
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:21 pm

Wow! Talk about bad luck! Looks like M-YWAY had its interior redone as recently as Jan 2020!

https://www.aerovisto.com/aerovisto-int ... sp-m-yway/
 
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:30 pm

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Wow! Talk about bad luck! Looks like M-YWAY had its interior redone as recently as Jan 2020!

https://www.aerovisto.com/aerovisto-int ... sp-m-yway/


Come on, the folded tail is a feature. Now the private jet fits in the hangar deck of a carrier. :duck:
 
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:32 pm

Cones and chocks appear to be in the proper spot compared to the Gulfstream but it doesn't look like there is any sort of tail limit line or movement area boundary line anywhere near that pad.

Looking at Google Earth, it doesn't appear as if there are that many ramp markings at all indicating proper stop marks but historic images show multiple biz-jets being parked far off-set from the stop block.
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:50 pm

Ouch, that Gulfstream owner is not going to be happy.
 
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Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:57 pm

Theseus wrote:
boerje wrote:
M-YWAY or the H-IGHWAY.


I also found the picture with the registration number absolutely priceless! :bigthumbsup:


Unbelievable. Can't make this stuff up :laughing:
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:57 am

Spacepope wrote:
DCA350 wrote:
Wow, but based on the photos the GS is parked in a interesting spot especially that close to an active taxi way. Side note does Thai move a lot of freight? 79 passengers on a A330 doesn't even pay for the fuel.


With the severity of the impact, how can we be sure the Gulfstream is in the same place as where it started (or, looking at the nosegear, even pointing the original direction)? There's a high likelihood it has been spun and dragged from where it first got hit.

The cones on the ground seems to indicate the Gulfstream was parked in the same place.

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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:09 am

eamondzhang wrote:
Spacepope wrote:
DCA350 wrote:
Wow, but based on the photos the GS is parked in a interesting spot especially that close to an active taxi way. Side note does Thai move a lot of freight? 79 passengers on a A330 doesn't even pay for the fuel.


With the severity of the impact, how can we be sure the Gulfstream is in the same place as where it started (or, looking at the nosegear, even pointing the original direction)? There's a high likelihood it has been spun and dragged from where it first got hit.

The cones on the ground seems to indicate the Gulfstream was parked in the same place.

Michael

Can’t be certain the cones weren’t placed thereafter the incident.
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Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:14 am

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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:57 am

What I will like to know is, if the A330 cockpit crew has recognized, it, when they have chopped the tail or if someone had to call them, that they have just had an accident. There have been now some cases, that the cockpit crews has just missed it, when they had hit another plane with their wings or have not recognized, that another plane has sliced their own one.
 
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:48 am

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Side note does Thai move a lot of freight? 79 passengers on a A330 doesn't even pay for the fuel.

Maybe the freight volume is there indeed. Not the only instance either. Cathay Dragon is flying A330s without passengers to PEK and PVG as needed to move freight. As of two days ago, Cathay Pacific was trying to figure out how to keep its freight capacity with Japan (apparently a key source of fresh seafood) despite massive cutbacks on passenger services. One of the options was to retain a few passenger flights to move cargo only. I don't know where they finally landed (no pun intended).
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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:15 am

I remember a recent strike similar to this one, but the smaller aircraft (ERJ mabye???) stayed mostly intact but was quickly rotated (yawed might be the more correct term) in its place. Maybe this Gulfstream didn't yaw so badly but the tail assembly gave way instead. But it tried to yaw, judging by the forward gear.

Anybody remember that strike and have the video link?
 
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Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:21 am

smithbs wrote:
I remember a recent strike similar to this one, but the smaller aircraft (ERJ mabye???) stayed mostly intact but was quickly rotated (yawed might be the more correct term) in its place. Maybe this Gulfstream didn't yaw so badly but the tail assembly gave way instead. But it tried to yaw, judging by the forward gear.

Anybody remember that strike and have the video link?


https://youtu.be/SpLd-t1tcJU

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Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:05 am

smithbs wrote:
I remember a recent strike similar to this one, but the smaller aircraft (ERJ mabye???) stayed mostly intact but was quickly rotated (yawed might be
the more correct term) in its place. Maybe this Gulfstream didn't yaw so badly but the tail assembly gave way instead. But it tried to yaw, judging by the forward gear.

Anybody remember that strike and have the video link?


No, but I do remember the AF A380 vs CRJ at JFK a couple of years ago.
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