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Fate/Future of Airbus A300B4-203(F) - cn 093 OO-DLL (now N1452)

Fate/Future of Airbus A300B4-203(F) - cn 093 OO-DLL (now N1452)

Old Nov 27, 14, 6:13 pm
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Fate/Future of Airbus A300B4-203(F) - cn 093 OO-DLL (now N1452)

Hey there, aviation talkers!

On 22 November 2003, shortly after takeoff from Baghdad, Iraq, an Airbus A300B4-200F cargo plane owned by European Air Transport (doing business as DHL Express) was struck on the left hand wing tip by a surface-to-air missile. Severe wing damage resulted in a fire and complete loss of hydraulics flight control systems. Because outboard left wing fuel tank 1A was full at takeoff, there was no fuel-air vapour explosion. Liquid jet fuel dropped away as 1A disintegrated. Inboard fuel tank 1 was pierced and leaking fuel. The crew also feared that the left wing section which was hit by the missile would snap off like a twig if there was too much stress. Fortunately, it's brave flight crew courageously managed to successfully make an emergency landing back at Baghdad's main airport. The plane sustained substantial damage from the left wing missile impact, the touchdown and fast landing roll-out eventually veering off to the left side of the paved runway before coming to a halt on sandy dirt ground.

Does anyone know the possible fate or future of the damaged missile-attacked Airbus A300 that had it's incident about 11 years ago? Is it still withdrawn from use and still stored at Baghdad, Iraq? What will be it's future outcome? Is it waiting to be dismantled on-site, parted out and eventually broken-up and scrapped? Or will this bird be repaired and return to the skies soon?
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Old Nov 27, 14, 6:22 pm
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So for, it has been in storage at Baghdad, Iraq (presumably) for about 11 years. Does anyone know what will happen to it? Do you folks have info that can answer my questions? Please post if you have any. : )
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Old Nov 28, 14, 4:24 am
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Originally Posted by deventhakkar View Post
Do you folks have info that can answer my questions? Please post if you have any. : )
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/india...01-vt-edw.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/other...-back-air.html

I don't think Information Desk Forum or FT is the right nor best home for whatever you are interested w/r/t aircrafts and repair process. FTers are much more into travel and miles.

Try http://www.airliners.net/ and good luck!
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Old Nov 28, 14, 11:23 pm
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You can see an April 18 2011 photo on airliners.net here: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Airbu...1f487ea22392ef

As the engines were removed some time ago and it's not been preserved and suffered significant damage, I'd imagine at some point this airframe will be broken up.
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Old Nov 30, 14, 6:50 pm
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Since this post is off topic for the Info Desk forum, and because there is really no relevant forum for such discussion elsewhere on this site, I've closed the thread to further posting. Please note that FT is primarily about mileage and points programs, and related general commercial air travel discussion.

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