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VA8 20/8 Damaged at LAX on pushback

Old 23rd Aug 2010, 06:13
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VA8 20/8 Damaged at LAX on pushback

Apparently damaged on pushback is what I hear with a swag of flights being cancelled at present, strategic flew the next leg to HKT, anyone here anything?
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Old 23rd Aug 2010, 06:26
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Todays flight BNE-LAX cancelled.Hopefully the flight will operate WED !!
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Old 23rd Aug 2010, 08:37
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Sucks to be a passenger with VA.

I guess this is an example of the failures that a small international airline is subject to... They can't just replace the damaged aircraft with another of their own without it having a significant impact on the rest of the operation.
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Old 23rd Aug 2010, 09:16
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Not good news and obvious flow on effects but isn't it amazing the news hasn't picked up on it..........the usual suspects who publish any stories relating to certain airlines are very quiet.

Would Delta help out in this situation, given thier proposed codeshare agreement?
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Old 23rd Aug 2010, 10:50
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What did they hit to ground the aircraft for so long?
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Old 23rd Aug 2010, 21:29
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A poster on AFF mentioned it was in the local paper in BNE yesterday:

"Hundreds of V Aus pax bound for BNE were left stranded at LAC after their flight's aircraft reversed into infrastructure. Flight VA8 was due to leave LAX on Sat but was cancelled after the aircraft that was being towed reversed into a blast fence. A blast fence is a safety device that redirects the exhaust from a jet engine to prefent any damage.
VB group spokewoman Melissa Thomson said the 339 affected customers were put on alternative flights to ensure they were able to reach their destination. Bne resident Nick Wellwood, whose wife was travelling on the affected flight, said he was unable to contact her & said V Aus would not give him any info about problems with the flight.
V Aus said they could not give out pax info due to privacy reasons."

Not a direct quote!
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Old 24th Aug 2010, 21:00
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Originally Posted by neville_nobody View Post
What did they hit to ground the aircraft for so long?
If it hit ANYTHING it would ground it for a long time. It's not a tractor.....
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Old 25th Aug 2010, 07:57
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after the aircraft that was being towed reversed into a blast fence
This is not the first time at KLAX, an Air NZ 744 suffered damage from the same incident a few months back.
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Old 25th Aug 2010, 08:48
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The push back out of gate 38 Terminal 3 at LAX is tight, we have had close encounters before but no contact. The local ground crew their mostly look like something from an old 70s Westerns, if you get my drift.
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Old 25th Aug 2010, 08:49
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Originally Posted by neville_nobody
What did they hit to ground the aircraft for so long?
If it hit ANYTHING it would ground it for a long time. It's not a tractor..... Yesterday 07:29

tooLow...Too Funny.
I will be in L.A. Friday..I'll have a look for you.
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Old 25th Aug 2010, 10:26
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V Australia has no agreement with QF to reaccom pax on QF flts. Thats not to say they cant buy a disrupted pax a tkt on a QF flt via the website.
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Old 15th Sep 2010, 07:25
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Aviation Business: Damage to V Australia aircraft
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Old 15th Sep 2010, 09:38
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gate4, V won't be happy about that photo being shared around. They have been working overtime trying to keep any pics under wraps. Even punted an employee from The Village for spreading pics around.
Seems LAX is bad news for any Aussie AOC holder ?
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Old 18th Sep 2010, 01:19
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Seems LAX is bad news for any Aussie AOC holder ?
heh, i think it's just bad news full stop. it's a very congested joint and mishaps like these are inevitable, unfortunately.

Looks expensive...

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Old 18th Sep 2010, 02:50
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V Australia has no agreement with QF to reaccom pax on QF flts. Thats not to say they cant buy a disrupted pax a tkt on a QF flt via the website
Last week I looked, the LAX flights are full to the brim with staff travellers backed up to the dozen in LAX.
Can't offer a seat they don't have.
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Old 18th Sep 2010, 03:58
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The elevator and stab tips were replaced and the aircraft was back in service within a couple of days of the incident.
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