Another Mototok Tug Issue

Old Nov 28, 19, 1:46 pm
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Another Mototok Tug Issue

Just seen that G-EUYA has been damaged by a Mototok tug during pushback.

The aircraft was due to fly to Belfast as BA1422.
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Old Nov 28, 19, 1:51 pm
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It appears to be on its way to BHD now, albeit with a little delay.
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One broke our nose wheel for our flight to OTP in the Summer. Had to change to a replacement aircraft.
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Originally Posted by TravellerFrequently View Post
One broke our nose wheel for our flight to OTP in the Summer. Had to change to a replacement aircraft.
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It appears to be on its way to BHD now, albeit with a little delay.
Flight but not aircraft. G-EUYA still at LHR, no doubt off to maintenance.

G-EUYJ took over BA1422 with a 2 hour delay.
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
It appears to be on its way to BHD now, albeit with a little delay.
According to FR24 it departed 2 hours late on a new aircraft, G-EUYJ.
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Flight but not aircraft. G-EUYA still at LHR, no doubt off to maintenance.

G-EUYJ took over BA1422 with a 2 hour delay.
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One of the Tugs also broke UYW at the start of November.
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According to FR24 it departed 2 hours late on a new aircraft, G-EUYJ.
When I posted FR24 was showing the aircraft operating as G-EUYA
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I was also on a plane damaged by mototug earlier this year, de-planed onto a new aircraft, this must quite quickly negate any benefits!
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
When I posted FR24 was showing the aircraft operating as G-EUYA
FR24 is never accurate and doesn’t feed off the BA systems
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Old Nov 28, 19, 5:37 pm
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I’m guessing they won’t be going anywhere as BA want to reduce their emissions and cut costs and turnaround times. I think it’ll be a case of accepting things go wrong sometimes.
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Old Nov 29, 19, 1:48 am
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There are no major differences, in the mechanism with which the tug “clamps” the front wheel and then lifts it, between a Mototok and a normal towbarless tug. Accidents happen and are investigated to avoid them happening again, much like it happens on conventional tugs.

what I know for sure, for I’ve seen a year and a bit of data on Tableau when I had access to it, is that aircraft movement delays on short haul (i.e. everyone is ready to go but no tug) have all but disappeared, and once they were in the top 5 categories for delay to short haul aircrafts. Under this point alone Mototoks have been a huge advantage which, dare I say it, benefits customers too.
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Old Nov 29, 19, 1:57 am
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Of course, the Motok may be completely innocent. It is not an autonomous device, but one operated by a human ... with all that entails. Nosewheel steering angle limits are presumably not programmed into the Motok?
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