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Speedbird 744 hits building in Johannesburg

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I fear this may be a write-off due to the general 744 replacement trend.

Starboard wing outbound of #4 probably gone, rest twisted.


Hoppie
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http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BcKbX8PCIAEk1fa.jpg:large

http://www.thebasource.com/british-airways-b747-400-g-bnll-removed-from-building/

I doubt that will 'buff out'

G-BNLL had a C or D check earlier this year & although over 23 years of age & nearing 110k+ hours total time she was not slated for the BAW 744 retirement plan, which currently runs out to Jan 2016.

Ironically her younger sister G-BNLM was ferried to VCV last month for part out & scrapping.

Mucho head scratching at Cranebank & Cardiff but I expect her days are done.
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« Last edit by G-CIVA on Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:01:14 +0000. »
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RIP G-BNLL. You've been a good friend.
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Cheers, Richard
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Its a good reminder that a flight isnt over untill you're parked! Until then, keep your wits about!
Jeroen
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More here:

http://avherald.com/h?article=46d6e18c&opt=0
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Steve Bell
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The wing almost took out an entire floor! You get an idea of the size of the 744 when you see pics like this.
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I'm amazed at the strength of the wing as it crashed through this apparently brick-walled building. I can't figure out why the wing should be designed so strong with respect to sudden impulse forces.

I suppose that if you make it strong enough to comfortably endure 600 mph winds and loads, it is then strong enough to crash through a brick building?

The airport shouldn't place buildings next to taxiways and vice-versa! It's hard enough to avoid crashing one's car into adjacent barriers and curbs - I can't imagine having to do this 100.000000% reliably with something as large as a 747, since you can't really look around and see where all the parts of the airplane are located.

I seem to recall that new 747 crew members get to practice driving around an airport using some sort of tube-framed 747 taxi simulator, but I can't remember many details. Maybe I'm just imagining such a training device???
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Phil Bunch
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They taxied onto a C172 ramp... The ground chart warned for this, but clearly the airport could have tried to fix the problem in a better way. Going from a 40 to 20 meter wide twy should have been a clue, but in darkness you see preciously little.


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Update: It seems that the aircraft will be scrapped. BA has no hull insurance. The cost of insuring the 744 fleet for one year would be more than replacing an aircraft.

Rgds
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Wonder if the same holds true for LionAir and their 73's...

:twisted:
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