AA MD-80 damaged on BWI Tarmac [16 Feb 2014]

 
Old Feb 17, 14, 4:53 am
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AA MD-80 damaged on BWI Tarmac [16 Feb 2014]

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http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/reg...-on-bwi-tarmac

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Old Feb 17, 14, 7:06 am
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"Eh, they were going to retire it anyways."
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To add insult to injury looks like Tug driver got stuck so is still sitting there staring at radome a mere foot from face until firefighters extract him.

Now that feeling has to suck
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Old Feb 17, 14, 8:21 am
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Wonder who's blaming who here
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Old Feb 17, 14, 8:27 am
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Originally Posted by PainCorp View Post
"Eh, they were going to retire it anyways."
And the tug too.

And possibly the tug driver (hope he is ok.)
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Wonder who's blaming who here
The tug driver blamed the merger, the executives behind the merger blamed Obama
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Old Feb 17, 14, 9:47 am
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This has happened before with an American MD-80

http://theaviationist.com/2009/05/29...point-of-view/

Seems like the bar may have failed
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To the boneyard!
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Old Feb 17, 14, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by FightingIlliniUAL View Post
Seems like the bar may have failed
Seems likely (or the locking pins failed or weren't secured)
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Old Feb 17, 14, 10:43 am
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Originally Posted by FightingIlliniUAL View Post
This has happened before with an American MD-80

http://theaviationist.com/2009/05/29...point-of-view/

Seems like the bar may have failed
Unless they were already starting to unload bags when this happens, it seems to be something else, since the belt used to put bags on the plane is already next to it.
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Old Feb 17, 14, 10:45 am
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Originally Posted by imapilotaz View Post
To add insult to injury looks like Tug driver got stuck so is still sitting there staring at radome a mere foot from face until firefighters extract him.

Now that feeling has to suck
LOL! His fault or [most likely] not, that's not where I would like to be stuck.
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Old Feb 17, 14, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by PainCorp View Post
Unless they were already starting to unload bags when this happens, it seems to be something else, since the belt used to put bags on the plane is already next to it.
Unlikely that they were unloading bags as the article states that passengers were boarding at the time. More likely that bags had already been loaded but loading ramp hadn't been removed yet. Since that ramp appears to still be there, it is also unlikely that they were actually pushing back at the time. I could be wrong, but my guess is that the tractor was approaching to get connected, and either the driver messed up or the brakes failed.
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Tow bar failed. They wouldn't have hooked the tug unless they were about to push back. They probably deplaned the passengers after the collision hence the gateway.
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Old Feb 17, 14, 6:01 pm
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While the media frequently gets things wrong, all media outlets are consistent in saying that passengers were boarding the plane when the tractor hit the plane.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...db6_story.html

http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2...of-plane.html/

While the flight is usually scheduled to depart at 4:10 pm, the DMN blog above says it was a 4:45 pm departure. Half hour delay, perhaps?

There is no evidence that the tow bar failed - in fact, no evidence that it was attached to the plane prior to the collision. Looks like the American Eagle ground crew tractor driver simply rammed the plane. Luckily, she wasn't injured or killed.
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There's some nice high voltage stuff under the radome (pulse forming network in particular); that could make the hurt even greater. Looks like a brake failure, or "human factors". Bet there was a big "crunch!" sound.


Originally Posted by imapilotaz View Post
To add insult to injury looks like Tug driver got stuck so is still sitting there staring at radome a mere foot from face until firefighters extract him.

Now that feeling has to suck
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