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Old 15th Aug 2018, 16:03
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Cathay 777 damaged in Rome

Just been reading a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 B-KPY has been damaged in Rome this afternoon, with a collision with Lamp post
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Old 15th Aug 2018, 16:31
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From the South China Morning Post:

Cathay Pacific plane hits pole at Rome airport, leaving right wing badly crushed

The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft was being towed by a truck at Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2018, 9:56pmUPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2018, 10:26pm

The right wing of a Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777 plane was badly crushed after it hit a floodlight pole at Rome airport on Wednesday morning, as the plane was being towed by ground staff.

Cathay Pacific confirmed one of its aircraft “was involved in a towing incident in which one of its wing tips struck a standing pole”.

“The incident occurred when the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft was being towed by a truck operated by a local ground handling agent at the airport,” a spokeswoman said.

Separate images posted on a Rome-based aviation spotting Facebook page showed the wing of the six-year old Hong Kong-registered aircraft “B-KPY” firmly wedged into the pole.


An engineering source at the airline who viewed photos of the incident said the damage was fixable, but it would not be an easy job.

The plane was highly likely to be “grounded for a good while”, the source said, indicating the need for a complex repair job at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.

The airline is the only one that flies daily between the two cities, and the outbound flight from Hong Kong usually arrives in the morning, with the return flight departing Rome at 1.05pm local time (7.05pm Hong Kong time).

On Wednesday, a notice to passengers due to fly on CX292 said “due to operational constraints, this flight will not be carrying passengers”.

Cathay Pacific said: “The airline is actively arranging alternatives for passengers to travel to their final destinations.”
The cancelled return flight is likely to cause significant disruption for passengers.

The aircraft is one of the newly re-configured Boeing 777s, which has more seats in the form of a 10-abreast arrangement in economy class, allowing it to carry 368 passengers in all. It is one of a handful in service, which means getting a replacement aircraft will be tough.

Given that it is peak summer travel season, rebooking passengers on other flights may also prove challenging. The airline may try to send travellers to London and Paris, where there is more than one Cathay flight a day to Hong Kong.








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Old 15th Aug 2018, 19:23
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Looks like HiFly might have another customer for their A380's....
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Old 15th Aug 2018, 19:29
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What's with all these ground incidents in the past year?
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Old 15th Aug 2018, 19:32
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Nah... a little Duct Tape and Baling Wire.
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Old 15th Aug 2018, 20:05
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I have heard the phrase "wing walker", but I'm beginning to wonder what it's for.
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Old 15th Aug 2018, 20:08
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Originally Posted by procede View Post
Looks like HiFly might have another customer for their A380's....
That could be, well, interesting. Ten abreast 777-300ER becomes a much roomier A380? The passengers will like that. However, they'll like it less when the 777 is repaired and put back into service; it'll kinda accentuate the cramped up nature of Cathay's shiny new offering...
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Old 15th Aug 2018, 20:22
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Originally Posted by msbbarratt View Post
I have heard the phrase "wing walker", but I'm beginning to wonder what it's for.
It means you walk away with a piece of wing, which has fallen off.
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Old 15th Aug 2018, 21:17
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Cathay Pacific confirmed one of its aircraft “was involved in a towing incident in which one of its wing tips struck a standing pole”.
Looks more like a "pushing" incident to me!
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Originally Posted by Jet Jockey A4 View Post
What's with all these ground incidents in the past year?
Is it Swissport? Why use 3 handlers to move an aeroplane when you can damage it with two.
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 09:41
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It's a bit of a testimony to the strength of their floodlight poles.
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 13:19
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Wonder what the shock loading on the rear corner of the wingbox/rear spar was?
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 13:40
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Wonder what the shock loading on the rear corner of the wingbox/rear spar was?
Not a lot - the raked wingtip is composite as is the fixed trailing edge panel, so they crumple quite easily. The hard part of the repair is the fixed T/E panel - if it had only hit just a few inches outboard and only damaged the raked wingtip the engineers could have removed that (and the opposite one) and sent the bird on its way.
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