From: email@example.com (Larry Stone) Organization: None Date: 27 Feb 96 23:00:27 References: 1
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In article <airliners.1996.257@ohare.Chicago.COM>, firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean-Francois Mezei) wrote: >How long would such damage typically take to repair before the plane is >back in the air on commercial service ? It can vary. In 1991 (or was it late 1990), an almost brand-new UA 747-400 made a partial gear-up landing at LAX (only the outer mains would extend). Thanks to some extremely excellent airplane handling by the captain (he kept the nose off the ground until about 10 knots - I've seen a video of it), damage was limited to the nose gear doors (which did open) and some skin panels. The plane was back in service five days later. >What happens when an airline gets such a damage in an airport where >maintenance facilities are not available ? Almost every airport has some sort of maintenance facility. And I assume we (United) is typical in having someone to call on for emergency maintenance at every airport we serve. Sometimes that is a local FBO (fixed base operator) and sometimes it is another airline. When needed, airline contract with other carriers to do maintenance work. A few months ago, Virgin had a plane lose an engine shortly after take-off from San Francisco. I assume we did the work on the plane as it spent a few days at our line maintenance facility at SFO. I've also seen a VASP MD-11 and a Ryan International 727 (in U.S. Postal Service colors) at our base for repairs. -- -- Larry Stone --- email@example.com Belmont, CA, USA My opinions, not United's. Note for rec.gambling groups - I'm posting from Interserve, not Interserv.