GalaxyFlyer wrote:I’d like to see a link to the story, this doesn’t pass the smile test. Probably a 757 or 737.
Tristarsteve wrote:So you still use towbars??. Nearly all the tractors here are TBL. A TBL can handle nearly all aircraft up to its weight limit. Get a big one and a small one and you handle anything.
TUGMASTER wrote:Bizarrely, AA 752’s have the old A300 towbar connection , as in the 2 side lugs, not the common over the top grip type bar..
Dalmd88 wrote:It does make sense with the AA A300 tow bar config. There are many different towbar connection configs and of course weight ratings. Usually most airlines have at least one of every possible diversion available for a given station. Why they didn't have one is a big mystery. Also throwing one for a 757 in a cargo bin is not a safety issue. Someone screwed up and forgot to get it on the flight. If it had been the case they would have sent on on a truck as soon as the flight landed in LIT and the issue was noticed.
hivue wrote:There supposedly was talk of reversing out of the gate, but that idea seems to have been dropped.
hivue wrote:My apologies for the lack of detail, but I heard this story from someone while riding in a car with him and a number of other people. I could squeeze in only so many tech type questions during breaks in the conversation.
This person was, within the last couple of weeks, flying AA Puerto Rico to DFW. There possibly was a stop in MIA, and, if so, I'm not sure if it was through to DFW or a plane change. The flight diverted to KLIT, I have to assume for wx based on the number of storms we've had in the DFW area in the past few weeks. The pax had to overnight in Little Rock, I assume due to the lateness of the divert and crew duty time restrictions.
When the pax got to the airport the next morning they were told the flight could not depart because the airport had no tow bar robust enough to push back the airplane. There supposedly was talk of reversing out of the gate, but that idea seems to have been dropped. A tow bar would be flown in from Tulsa.
The (I assume regularly scheduled) flight from TUL turned up with no tow bar. The pax seem to have been told that there was a safety issue with transporting the tow bar on the flight. The tow bar was trucked in from Tulsa, resulting in the pax having to do another overnight in Little Rock (I imagine at least some were accommodated on other flights).
I'm interested in how possible/plausible this all sounds (the person telling the story is definitely not the type to make up something like this). I'm making the assumption that the airplane in question was a 787 or 777 (the person telling the story didn’t know the type). That's would be an expensive airplane to be RON 2 nights in succession unscheduled. Would LIT really not have a tow bar to handle a 787/777? Surely AA must realize that LIT would be a prime location for DFW diverts. What about problems with transporting a tow bar on a regularly scheduled flight? I mean, it's not hazmat stuff. Space restrictions?
Any opinions? (This is NOT a post to criticize AA. Airline operations is a topic that interests me but that I know almost nothing about.)
26point2 wrote:Also, if no towing capabilities why would the flight crew/ground crew park the plane in a position that left no way to turn out under its own power.
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