Qantas Boeing [717] 'wrinkled' in hard landing in Darwin

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  1. serfty

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  2. oz_mark

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    Any indication of which aircraft it was?
     
  3. serfty

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    By the science of omission; it seems that VH-NXE's most recent op was QF1944 GOV-DRW on Thursday. Nothing since.
     
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    The media seem mysteriously quiet if this event occured. Given they normally get in a lather over anything remotely safety related with regards to QF. While NJS are the operator, you'd think that the fact that a red tail with kangaroo on it got bent would have them foaming at the mouth.
     
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    No passengers in fear for their lives.... not good tv...
     


  6. I'm surprised that the NT News couldn't whip it into some sort of narrowly-avoided major calamity.

    They need to send their Editor and a few journos to do some work experience at the Daily Telegraph, so that they can learn to correctly sensationalize a story.
     
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    AO-2008-007: Aircraft Control; Darwin, NT; 7 February 2008; The Boeing Company, 717-200, VH-NXE

    Occurrence Details
    Occurrence Number: 200800641
    Location: Darwin
    Occurrence Date: 07 February 2008
    State: NT
    Occurrence Time: 2115 CST
    Highest Injury Level: None
    Occurrence Category: Accident Investigation
    Type: Occurrence Investigation
    Occurrence Class: Operational
    Investigation Status: Active
    Occurrence Type: Aircraft Control Release Date:

    Aircraft Details

    Aircraft Manufacturer:Boeing CoAircraft Model:717-200
    Aircraft Registration:VH-NXE
    Serial Number:55063
    Type of Operation:High Capacity Air Transport
    Damage to Aircraft:Substantial
    Departure Point:Gove NT
    Departure Time:unknown
    Destination: Darwin NT

    Abstract
    On final approach the aircraft entered an area of high sink and made a heavy landing. Wrinkling was later found in the aft fuselage. The investigation is continuing.
     
  8. Evan

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    Wow, even a "heavy" landing would not have created such damage i would have thought unless there was maybe some other issue with the airframe first ? Either that or heavy landing was a massive understatement, but if it had really been that amazingly hard you would think people would have been injured or there would have been people complaining to the news etc.

    I guess the investigation may throw up some interesting info about how MD95's/B717's are constructed.

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  9. stryker

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    Shouldn't be too many surprises there.

    There's still a lot of DC9's around.
     
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    #10 Mwenenzi, Feb 11, 2008
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    A little history of this bird
    05/09/2000 Impulse Airlines VH-SMH
    23/05/2001 Qantaslink VH-VQE
    25/05/2004 Jetstar VH-VQE
    25/07/2005 National Jet Systems VH-NXE
    date manufactured & airline operators before Impulse unknow. May have been new to Impulse
     
  11. stryker

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    I think you'll find it was delivered new, ex Longbeach, to Impulse.
     
  12. NM

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    Seems the landing was not as hard as the BA 777 at LHR.
     
  13. straitman

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    Possibly correct :!:
     
  14. Mal

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    Where do you 'hide' a plane at Darwin Airport?

    I'm surprised there are no photos floating around of the plane, and limited information about the incident on various aviation websites.

    Did a big freighter turn up in the last few days with a destination somewhere is Asia? I've heard there are good plane repair shops over there that some airlines have good experience with...
     
  15. NM

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    As the saying goes:
    "A good landing is one where everyone walks away. A great landing is one where the aircraft can be used again".

    In some cases, the difference between a good landing and a great landing is a matter of time (such as with VH-OJH :rolleyes: ).
     
  16. straitman

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    If it has wrinkles and that's all it probably wouldn't be obvious to the average 'Joe Blow' so just park it over the side and say it's awaiting maintenance.

    (.... a lot of maintenance :!:)
     
  17. serfty

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    Well, I guess with the engines attached near the rear there would be a greater force on the fuselage with a heavy landing than a similar sized aircraft employing wing mounted engines.
     
  18. serfty

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    #18 serfty, Feb 11, 2008
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    ISTR, being quasi military, there are some pretty large aircraft hangars at DRW.

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    Hmmm ... In the Satellite iamge, it looks like there's a 717 at one of the gates. Going by size, it could easily be parked indoors.
     
  19. Evan

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    Good point. i would imagine that would impact significantly the bending moments expereinced by the airframe.

    As far as i know the 6 x B717's were all delivered to Impulse new.

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