From: email@example.com (Jean-Francois Mezei) Organization: DECUServe Date: 16 Feb 96 04:33:34 Followups: 1 2 3
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Recently, there have been 2 "accidents" where a plane was salvageable but had some non-trivial damage. (Canadian DC-10 at Vancouver, Tower Air 747 at JFK). Since neither of these planes could move on their own (even less take-off and land), I am wondering how repairs woudl be effected and by whom ? In the case of CP, since it has a maintenance facility at Vancouver, I *assume* that CP moved the plane to a hangar. Just how would a plane be towed without a nose gear ? Would an airline the size of CP have enough maintenance expertise to fix such a damaged DC-10 ? Or would Douglass employees be flown to do the repair work ? Is a total airplane "rebuild" required , or is fixing just the front part with a good check of the rest sufficient ? How long would such damage typically take to repair before the plane is back in the air on commercial service ? What happens when an airline gets such a damage in an airport where maintenance facilities are not available ?