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Old 20th Oct 2009, 05:37
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Wheel breaks at tulla

Plane wheel disintegrates on landing - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A Virgin flight suffered a wheel disintegration during landing at Melbourne airport today.

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Old 20th Oct 2009, 05:55
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There is now a strong link between Virgin and tyre failures. Remember the other month a VIRGIN 737 departed with a shreaded tyre?

"The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association says the incident occurred at Melbourne airport.
The association is calling for urgent inspections on all Virgin planes"

LCC vs LCM.. I see the connection now!

(Low Cost Carriers vs Low Cost Maintenance).

Channel 7, do a story on this! Splash it all over the TV. Nearly Australia's second worst aviation disaster...

How are Virgin Share Prices today?
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Old 20th Oct 2009, 06:20
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When something goes wrong on a QF aircraft you normally get some inept manager with no technical aircraft knowledge play down the whole incident. Meanwhile over at leisurejet (aka Virgin Blue) they just continue as if nothing has happened and say nothing to no-one. Maybe if they don't mention it,then it never really happened.
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Old 20th Oct 2009, 06:29
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Must be a slow news day, or is Steveo still trying to justify his job.

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Old 20th Oct 2009, 07:25
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Virgin Blue wheel 'disintegrated' on landing
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Old 20th Oct 2009, 07:46
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A main wheel fell of a REX Saab about 12 months go. (ZLC) These things happen, in that incident the engineers got the blame even before the incident was investigated! (Was found to be bearing failer in the end) Just hope VB do not do the same!
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Old 20th Oct 2009, 08:01
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So Stevo has evolved into an ATSB investigator, judge, jury & executioner all within a couple of hours of the incident.

Stevo stop peddeling crap to the media, wait until the ATSB investigation has been completed.

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Old 20th Oct 2009, 08:23
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I believe DJ208 is operated by E190 not a B738, the only B738 I seen having a tyre change was VUI belive it operated in from SYD though arrivng at 0825 the due to depart to OOL at 1000
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Old 20th Oct 2009, 09:41
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All news sources are quoting it as a 737-8 with the Age even managing a rego VH-VUI.
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Old 20th Oct 2009, 09:57
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the Age even managing a rego VH-VUI.
thanks greenslopes, I was looking for that

7378FE - are you related to this plane??

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Old 20th Oct 2009, 10:58
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These things happen, as Forrest Gump once said.

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There is no point in making a fleet inspection. I discovered this cracked wheel hub on a 747 at a preflight walkaround inspection after after being signed out by the departure LAME.
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Old 20th Oct 2009, 11:06
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What everyone and I mean everyone is missing, is both of these incidents relating to failed wheels on Virgin aircraft occurred at Melbourne airport.

Clearly Melbourne airport is extremely unsafe.

Don't believe me?? Well how about the Emirates overrun incident....guess where that occurred......yep you guessed it...............Melbourne airport.

I say close Melbourne Airport before we have another incident or dare I say it accident.

Well thats all for now..........I'm off to join the 'Flat earth Society'.

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Old 20th Oct 2009, 11:57
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love ya work greenslopes
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Old 20th Oct 2009, 21:57
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Virgin Blue hits back at ALAEA after wheel issue
Item by AA Newsroom on October 20, 2009 8:31 pm
Virgin Blue has hit back at claims by the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) that the airline is being lax with its maintenance practices following an incident on a Boeing 737-800 which was taxiing at Melbourne Airport on October 20.

According to newspaper reports, ALAEA federal secretary Steve Purvinas claimed that one of the wheels on a 737-800s disintegrated upon landing at Melbourne. Purvinas also said that the airline was cutting back on its maintenance programs. “When the wheels are regularly falling off your aircraft, the last thing you want to do is program less maintenance,” Purvinas told The Age.

Virgin Blue hit back at Purvinas’s claim about the nosewheel, saying that the pilot landed safely, and while taxiing the aircraft the pilot noted extra drag, which was presumed to be a brake related issue. On inspection, it was found that a component within the wheel hub had failed. “The safety of crew and guests onboard was never in question,” said the airline’s manager of aircraft airworthiness and maintenance control Darren Dunbier in a statement. “This aircraft including aircraft landing gear are expertly designed with many back-up safety features including the ability to land safely if any wheel is rendered unserviceable which was the case this morning.”

Dunbier also clarified changes that the airline is making to its maintenance programs. “To be very clear and at our own initiative, we are making a CASA-approved change to our aircraft line check procedures which will deliver more frequent maintenance inspections of aircraft across our fleet,” he said.
“Mr Purvinas should be well aware that Virgin Blue is increasing our maintenance schedule to a level which exceeds the manufacturer’s recommendations as well as meeting and in many cases exceeding all regulatory requirements and therefore we find his statements bewildering and misleading.”
Virgin Blue said in the statement “it is seeking legal advice regarding the seriously inaccurate statements” made by Purvinas.
As usual, people with no idea shooting their mouth off about things they know F*@k all about. Creates a lot of doubt over the ALAEA's professionalism.
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Old 21st Oct 2009, 02:25
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As usual, people with no idea shooting their mouth off about things they know F*@k all about. Creates a lot of doubt over the ALAEA's professionalism.

The ALAEA never shoots without doing our homework.

Before any release yesterday we had read log entries and obtained photos of the wheel that had fallen apart on landing. Changes to Virgin procedures are extending the length between checks as supported by General Engineering Memo No 219.

Our research is thorough and nothing said is incorrect. We look forward to a legal challenge from the airline, it will give us the opportunity to present Virgin's own internal documents in a court room to support anything we have said.

Feel free to post any matter you wish that may indicate that something we have said is wrong and a response will be posted promptly. Or forever hold your peace.
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Old 21st Oct 2009, 03:16
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ALAEA FED SEC tell MR 'smallpenis' he blows goats for me
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Old 21st Oct 2009, 03:33
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vbpcguy you have told me yourself well done brother,
sorry If I upset you maybe my comment was too close to the truth for you, as it was a general comment directed at a couple of posts & not at you why would you take such offence (maybe you are a troll not that I would like to imply this )

ps yes i do like blowing goats & wads
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Old 21st Oct 2009, 05:26
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It's a relief knowing the regulator, CASA, will be monitoring all this to the best of their ability. No doubt they will sort out any misunderstandings.
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Old 21st Oct 2009, 06:09
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Good interview this morning ALAEA FED SEC

What is going on with Virgins aircraft? Those who work in the industry do realise that events such as this can happen,but are we expected to really swallow that turning WEEKLY(7day) checks into SERVICE checks every 15 days is really the way to go?

Is Virgin doing this because their 300 odd engineers cannot cope with the workload of properly maintaining 50+ aircraft?

And if something catastrophic happens one day,you can just see the bag chucker who did the walkaround being held accountable for the accident.....me thinks not.....but the LAME will be.

Now it makes sense why so many Virgin LAMEs have their applications in with QANTAS.
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Old 21st Oct 2009, 06:10
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MR wobbles strange you only appear when VB incidents occur did you not rear your head after the nose wheel incident with VBA?? Im surprised 'legal action' was not proceeded with after those comments.

Hardly 'distentigrated' on this occassion the wheel hub didnt come apart until after it was removed , the aircraft taxied to the bay with a 'drag' noticed by the pilots, lets stick to the facts rather than your smear campaign, even VB engineers laughed at your claims today (hence where I got 'smallpenis' from)
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