TXL-EWR Lightning Strike?

 
Old Aug 12, 08, 6:46 am
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TXL-EWR Lightning Strike?

When we were sitting on the ground at Hartford yesterday on a BOS-EWR diversion, the gate agent mentioned that everyone was busy handling a TXL flight that had been diverted to Hartford after a lightning strike. I checked the flight status for flight 97 and see that was true. It also appears to show that they cancelled the Hartford-EWR portion. Does anyone know what happened? I know that lightning often hits planes without any ill effect, so what happened here? Any damage?
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Old Aug 12, 08, 7:30 am
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I was on a flight SFO-EWR in January where the inbound was struck by lightning on final approach. While the plane was fine to fly, it did take them a couple hours to check it out and make sure. Apparently there are extra inspections that go on after a plane is struck. My guess is that there was a crew timeout issue at that point, though I don't know for sure.
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Why would the light striking have anything to do with a crew timeout?
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Originally Posted by supermasterphil View Post
Why would the light striking have anything to do with a crew timeout?
By the time the plane is checked out, which may take a couple of hours, and deemed safe to fly on to its final destination, the crew very well may have timed out for the day.
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Old Aug 12, 08, 7:51 am
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Originally Posted by ssullivan View Post
By the time the plane is checked out, which may take a couple of hours, and deemed safe to fly on to its final destination, the crew very well may have timed out for the day.
From Hartford , they should have just used a tug and towed on I95 down to EWR
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Old Aug 12, 08, 8:01 am
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Originally Posted by rolov View Post
they should have just used a tug and towed on I95 down to EWR
I just calculated that it would have been a $19,800 toll to cross the GWB with it.

In other news, had they taken it down 95, everyone would have timed out. The guy with the tug would have reached retirement age somewhere around Rye.

Instead of firing people at my company we send them to Providence. ... they never return.

Okay, I'm done now.
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Okay, I'm done now.
why? seemed like you were just getting warmed up.
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I just calculated that it would have been a $19,800 toll to cross the GWB with it.
Comparatively cheap when bumped up against the funny and the photo op.
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