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Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:27 am

Merpati have apparently written off a MA60 in a heavy landing in Kupang.
The photos found here, show it was a pretty hard hit, with the fuselage broken in two and the wings separated (from the fuselage, but not each other).
Reports indicate at least 8 injured taken to hospital, and the runway obviously closed until the wreckage is removed.
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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:40 am

This Jakarta post article here states that witnesses claimed the aircraft stopped as the nose gear touched the ground.

Sounds like a nose landing gear failure to me but I am no expert.
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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:46 am

Wow - I've been watching these rare planes take off out of Bali this week while on holiday - saw one today. Certainly looks like a nosegear collapse - coke cans I think.
 
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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:24 am

Quoting SIA747Megatop (Reply 1):

This Jakarta post article here states that witnesses claimed the aircraft stopped as the nose gear touched the ground.

I'm not surprised, looks like it just impacted and flopped. Must have been a very hard landing, the state of the wing makes me thing the MA60 doesn't have fuse pins in the gear.

Incidentally, I flew this bird last September.


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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:59 pm

Avherald has some very good pics here
http://avherald.com/h?article=46399869&opt=0
 
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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:34 pm

You soon need to go to Zimbabwe as Merpati and Zest crashes one after the other...
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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:07 pm

Another MA60 bites the dust.

How many percent of the MA60s have been written off so far?
That airplane must have the worst safety record in recent history.
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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:07 pm

Here are some pictures of PK-MZO in better days, from my trip on her in September:





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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:00 pm

I see Zest also retired theirs... Been out of the loop for a while for news.
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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:23 pm

just imagine what i am feeling right now. roughly 6 hours before the incident, i bought a flight on merpati in hope to get my one and only in a lifetime flight on MA60. If they do some equipment change, i will run out of expletives although i am usually a nice person                  
 
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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:43 pm

Tripreport on the Merpati MA-60 here : Bali Scenes & The Avic Xian MA-60 To Lombok (by airbuseric Mar 5 2012 in Trip Reports)

PK-MZO can be seen in pictures as well.
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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:10 am

The MA-60 seems to be having a lot of problems lately and there was another incident in Myanmar today
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20130610-1

I wonder why they never got it FAA certified to make it more marketable
 
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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:28 am

Once again, I come to the MA-60's defense. Is it really the a/c, or the operators? I have flown on these planes many times and find them to be quite nice. You have haphazard operators, that all have questionable operating history, well before this a/c type ever even flew.

Quoting teneriffe77 (Reply 11):

I wonder why they never got it FAA certified to make it more marketable

Because AVIC did not want to pay for it. AVIC knew, no matter how good the a/c is/was, penetrating the larger markets was going to be difficult, because of parts support and competition from ATR and Bombardier. AVIC will be getting JAA and FAA certification, with their jet programs.
 
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RE: Merpati MA60 Incident Kupang

Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:14 am

Quoting crownvic (Reply 12):

Once again, I come to the MA-60's defense. Is it really the a/c, or the operators?

Essentially you get what you pay for. But incidents like this are unlikely to be down to the airframe - it's clearly been flown into the ground at speed and everybody has still gotten out alive.


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