View Full Version : Sterling B737 incident Malaga

20th Jul 2008, 11:55
Just heard that there is a Sterling B737 sat on it's tail in Malaga at the moment.Hope there are no injuries. Anyone know any more? Any pics?

Rgds Hotpoop.

20th Jul 2008, 12:26
yes, its on an airbridge, tail touching the tarmac. not sure of any injuries. i have photo on my desk top of my pc but not sure how to post it here?

Conan The Barber
20th Jul 2008, 16:22
A 737 sitting on its tail. Quite an achievement.

20th Jul 2008, 18:20
The newspaper doesnt say anything about the aircraft sitting on its tail.
Just front door being damaged by airstair driver...
Pax leaving via rear door.

20th Jul 2008, 18:46

20th Jul 2008, 18:54
Here it is :)
JetPhotos.Net Photo » OY-SEB (CN: 28214) Sterling Airlines Boeing 737-8Q8 by JUSTO-M. PRIETO (http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=6304475&nseq=0)

20th Jul 2008, 18:54
TV 2 Nyhederne - Bro hamrede ind i Sterling-fly (http://nyhederne.tv2.dk/article.php/id-13340207.html?forside)

Robert Campbell
20th Jul 2008, 19:27
Here's the link: sterling 738 (http://www.robertcampbellphotography.com/Sterling.html)

commit aviation
20th Jul 2008, 19:45
Apparently the forward L1 door had been opened as normal when the airbridge started to move up. It allegedly caught under the door and lifted the nose up into the air....
You can just see behind the airbridge a hi-loader has been positioned to support the nose wheel.
There is going to be some paperwork to fill in there!!! :eek:

Robert Campbell
20th Jul 2008, 20:41
Was the airbridge operator rated on that particular type of airbridge? One wonders just how many unqualified airbridge operators there are out there.

And security... it didn't take a knife or more than four ounces of liquid to do this. Unless, of course, the liquid was imbibed. Now we'll need random sobriety checks for airbridge operators.

Oh my...

20th Jul 2008, 21:05
The aircraft must have had some right "fatties" down the back for this to happen :}

I have witnessed 2 airbus doors being ripped off by jetties ... they certainly didn't lift the aircraft up in the air!

commit aviation
20th Jul 2008, 21:40

Indeed my only previous experience similar to this was Airbridge vs Fokker70 & saw the F70 come off the worse. Infact the door came off (literally!) the worse... :}

Perhaps MOL has it right with his no airbridge policy. It's not just the additional expense of using them (at some airports) that you have to worry about!

20th Jul 2008, 21:57
Or you just don't open the door till the bridge is attached.

Why would you fling the door open while the jet bridge is in the process of being attached? That's just asking for something like this to happen....if indeed this is what has happened.

20th Jul 2008, 22:14
Sounds to me like the auto-level has gone wrong (it moves up and down to match the suspension movement of the a/c). I have witnessed it move up into a few doors, and grounding the a/c. This one obviously went full travel, probably to the 747 limit!

21st Jul 2008, 03:53
YouTube - tail tipping malaga (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0T6jwllAsM)

21st Jul 2008, 12:41
Airbridges are known to foul-up now and then.

In my dispatching days, I met a B747 at Heathrow. The jetty decided to drive out towards the stand just as I powered up the beast.(aircraft was parking) we moved forward a few feet and one of the pitot tubes entered the side of the jetty canopy! Nearly tore a new a***hole for one of the rep's !


22nd Jul 2008, 13:50
From the web site "thinkSpain":

Defective airport finger lifts plane in air

By: thinkSPAIN

The passengers on board a Sterling flight from Scandanavia that landed at Málaga airport yesterday lunchtime got the fright of their lives when the passenger disembarkation walkway (finger) began to vibrate violently, lifting the front of the plane completely off the ground.

Fortunately, none of the passengers was injured though they were forced to leave from the rear of the plane using a mobile staircase.

The Isolux-Corsán company responsible for the cleaning, maintenance and operation of the service has launched an investigation to determine whether the problem was the result of human or mechanical error.

Monday, July 21, 2008

22nd Jul 2008, 22:07

Perhaps MOL has it right with his no airbridge policy. It's not just the additional expense of using them (at some airports) that you have to worry about!

Actually, I have seen Ryanair aircraft using the airbridge on the same stand as the Sterling. Must be cheaper than a bus :)

25th Jul 2008, 03:16
Saw this aircraft while taxiing out (albeit as a passenger) today at AGP.
Guess there was *some* damage done to it.

25th Jul 2008, 05:11
Hm not bad, I guess with the rising fuel prices airlines now decide to rotate at the ramp.

25th Jul 2008, 06:22
I believe that it had just touched down to save the taxi fuel !!