Bizzarre AA 777 incident at gate -- door ripped off plane

 
Old Jun 16, 2010, 12:00 pm
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Bizzarre AA 777 incident at gate -- door ripped off plane

I am still scratching my head on this one.


The aircraft pulled up to gate D32 [at DFW] around 6:20 a.m. and docked with the jetbridge. Flight attendants opened the door to start letting passengers off the plane. However, it appears that the pilots did not set the brakes and ground crews did not put blocks around the wheels as the plane rolled backwards about 200 feet, ripping the door off the Boeing 777.


Source/More pictures at: http://startelegram.typepad.com/sky_...or-at-dfw.html
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 12:17 pm
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I did this to my car's side-view mirror once, backing out of the driveway.
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 12:20 pm
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No blocks, no brakes, no door. One less 777 in service for a bit. One new door, plus all the checks to assure pressure vessel integrity. Someone's gonna get their tail stepped on!

If this occurred as passengers were disembarking, they are sooo lucky nobody was injured!

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Old Jun 16, 2010, 12:25 pm
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Originally Posted by JDiver
Someone's gonna get their tail stepped on!
As well they should...

What flight was it? There can't be many 777s arriving in DFW c. 6:00 am.
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 12:40 pm
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As well they should...

What flight was it? There can't be many 777s arriving in DFW c. 6:00 am.
My guess is AA996, EZE-DFW. It appears to be the only 772 arriving in that timeframe. The GRU flight didn't arrive until 8:45.

EDIT: I thought this happened today.

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AA 962 from Sao Paulo arrives at 6:00am daily
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 12:52 pm
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Has this been corroborated from an alternate source.

I'm not saying its not true but its only been reported in that one source. Also the position and angles of the shots seems not likely to have come from a passenger.
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Big Whoops!!!!! I can just see the Memo entitled "New Parking Breaks Checklist Procedure."
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 1:17 pm
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Has this been corroborated from an alternate source.

I'm not saying its not true but its only been reported in that one source. Also the position and angles of the shots seems not likely to have come from a passenger.
Not as far as I know, but I'm not sure why you're doubting the validity of the source (linked in the original post). AFIK, their reputation is pretty solid, at least for mundane topics like this one.
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Its going to be a very long and bad day for a few AA pilots and ground crew.
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 1:21 pm
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Update

"We're still reviewing this incident, so we have not reached any conclusions at this point," [American's spokesperson Tim] Wagner said. "We do not know if the brakes were set (and did not work properly) or if they were not set. That will be determined in the investigation. It is correct that the wheels were not chocked."

Wagner said the flight was arriving from Sao Paulo, Brazil and that the 777 is currently out of service but could be flying as early as tomorrow.
Source/read more: http://startelegram.typepad.com/sky_...nt-at-dfw.html
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Originally Posted by redrock
Has this been corroborated from an alternate source.

I'm not saying its not true but its only been reported in that one source. Also the position and angles of the shots seems not likely to have come from a passenger.
Given it was reported by a blog of the Fort Worth newspaper, and repeated by the Dallas Morning News
http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/a...something.html

I'd say it's reliable, and probably from a ground crew member or other airport worker.
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Originally Posted by KD5MDK
Given it was reported by a blog of the Fort Worth newspaper, and repeated by the Dallas Morning News
http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/a...something.html

I'd say it's reliable, and probably from a ground crew member or other airport worker.
Yes perhaps one of the guys who forgot the blocks on the truck :-).. I don't have a reason to not trust the article nor the source.. Just the old adage Trust but verify.. I see this has been verified by an AA source.
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