View Full Version : All SAS Dash-8 Q400 grounded

22nd Jan 2002, 00:14
All Q400 grounded due to a crack found in main landing gear. This is after multiple problems with the fleet, including many unsafe gears, uplocked gear, hydraulic leaks and losses of quantity in one system, many faults related to vibration; i.e. parts of structure fallen off in flight, excessive wear on hoses, uplock hooks, etc.

22nd Jan 2002, 00:20
Couldnīt be an immediate measure. . .I just saw one taking off from EDDH to EKCH. Today 16:50Z.. .best, JR

22nd Jan 2002, 02:13
<img src="confused.gif" border="0"> I don't get your point wilco. Grissom's post is timed at 2000+ and you saw a movement at 1650! Well, that a/c would have arrived at about 1740 and could well have been their last service before the grounding.

22nd Jan 2002, 18:15
Well I guess that it would have just been too good a solution to fix the damn piece of junk when they had every aircraft up to Sn 34 in for major modifications of the electric’s, the engine pylon, the wing joints and so on and so forth.

It’s not exactly the energizer bunny.

I have serious doubts that the flight ops department actually knew about the deal at all. I guess that you get what you pay for…

22nd Jan 2002, 20:54
Anybody happens to know why they got rid of the. .Saab-2000 in favor of the Dash-8Q400 ?

22nd Jan 2002, 22:04
Avman,. .today I saw another one on the same route, same flight. Maybe they have limited schedules elsewhere but they do fly !

22nd Jan 2002, 22:46
A little off the subject...

Has anyone at SAS Commuter flown both the Saab 2000 and the Dash 8-400?

How do they compare? Which would you rather fly now and why?

. .Cheers

22nd Jan 2002, 23:08
JR and Avman,. .According to the newsmedia, all 17 aircraft were inspected overnight and found ok. Only mentioned aircraft individual had a crack in a bolt that keeps maingear up and locked. Should be all flying again!

22nd Jan 2002, 23:24
Lets hope they didn't through the boxes they came in away. They might just come in handy some day soon...send them back to Martell Toy Factory

23rd Jan 2002, 00:44

SAAB 2000: 50 seats. .Q400: 72 seats

23rd Jan 2002, 02:09
All A/C ok yeah, but during that inspection they found bells in the emergency gear release system not fixed, so in case of emergency release bell would have released instead of gear ! Appearently connected to factory modification on uplocks. Remember Jan 6th event in CPH, where a SAS Q400 couldnīt get one main gear down, neither with emergency release. Finally it come down after having reversed the normal and emergency down selection procedures.

23rd Jan 2002, 14:59
Nite_Flite, couldn't agree with you more!. .I happen to live so that I from time to time need to use SAS services. Unfortunately the route, which used to be flown by MD80 and 737s, is now mostly "serviced" <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> by the Crash8.. .The punctuality has, in my experience, never been worse.

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23rd Jan 2002, 15:46
grissom; excuse my ingorance, but what are the 'bells' in the emergency gear lowering system ?

Don't remember covering those on our course.

Was talking to a SAS guy yesterday who confirmed that the uplocks were getting worn.

Ah, just realised, you probably mean 'bolts'

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25th Jan 2002, 09:39
Uplinker...I kind of found it an amusing mistake by our autronaut Gus Grissom. Bells or Bolts! Just shows that this is a rumour network. Take it for what it is. A place to let of steam or tell a story of dubious character.. . <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Two red
25th Jan 2002, 22:09

I spoke to a SAS Commuter captain who used to fly SAAB 2000 and currently flying 8Q-400. When comparing the "feel" of flying the 2000 was superior in his opinion. The 2000 was also superior in "searching-of-failure-procedurs", all in all, he favoured the SAAB2000.


Two red

25th Jan 2002, 22:27
Thanks Two Red,

I have always been impressed with the speed and sleekness of the Saab 2000 - and the flighdeck is awesome with full EFIS displays. I am also impressed with the look of the Dash-8 Q400 - very elongated...

It would be nice to get experience on both types. No doubt you would be an EFIS expert after that type of experience - especially after flying in the Arctic weather during the blustery winters in those aircraft...

. .Cheers