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Old 13th Feb 2008, 09:18
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Actually I agree H&D

There could be a multitude of reasons for a hard landing apart from the implied pilot error.

Lets give this pilot the benefit of the doubt.

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Old 13th Feb 2008, 09:56
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Dont worry. This will not writeoff. It can be repaired and reinstated. But the cost of it will be mre than 10 years of that pilot salary.
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Old 13th Feb 2008, 12:36
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helen-damnation - In case you are interested, 'slander' applies to spoken words and 'libel' to written statements. I would agree, however, that to make a statement like this you need to be very certain indeed of your facts. Time will tell if these comments were indeed libel or an accurate representation of the situation. If true, there will be a lot of people in senior management with some explaining to do.

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Old 13th Feb 2008, 13:03
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Sorry Norman but I can't see a libelous statement made by helen-damnation, unless it has been removed?
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Old 13th Feb 2008, 13:05
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Something for every one?

Well for the doomsdayers, looks like it's repairable.

And for the conspiracists, the repair bill will no doubt be some factor [insert your choice] above the market value!
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Old 13th Feb 2008, 14:18
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NSF,
Always ready to learn, thanks for the info
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Old 13th Feb 2008, 14:38
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Originally Posted by JohnMcGhee
've been meaning to ask on this forum for some time: "Why" do the QF drivers all throw it at the ground? We have the smoothest flying conditions in the world, yet every one ends with an almighty thump! SQ drivers don't do it, BA drivers don't do it, Thai doesn't do it, Gulf Air, Air NZ, Air China, China Southern...
You must have been on different flights on those airlines than I.

A few concepts to throw your way. Google some of them.
Rear mounted engines
Stiff legs
Short runway
Remote from extensive ground lighting = black hole approach
Visual approach guidance lights all show PINK to pilot on final approach. ALCAN replaced accurate but expensive T-VASIS with cheap but near-useless PAPI installation that gets covered by the red bauxite dust. Letter of the law only.
High performance jet, often near max landing weight.
Monsoon conditions that can dump 80+mm of rain in an hour on an ungrooved runway. Standing water.
Implicit instructions to not have Qantas passengers disembarking in the runway end safety zone. Less complaints if the walk to the terminal is short, you see. Therefore take firm touchdown and controlled braking over possible botched attempt at soft touchdown translates to floating and mainwheels in the mud.

Its pretty much the same bunch of pilots that flew you guys around in the 146's for years. Back then the complaints were - its slow and it will poison us. Now you have an aeroplane that is fast, and despite local prejudices, has far better on-time dispatch performance.

Commercial department reports show that the 717 fleet has bettered all other QF fleets in on time dispatch reliability. Flight data analysis shows 717 is third, not top, of the list of average G forces of the QF fleets.

But lets not let the stats get in the way of a good whinge.

Complaining is the local pastime. How bout we get rid of those pesky 717s and get Airnorth Metros back in there?

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Old 13th Feb 2008, 15:30
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Yes, Finally a good reply on this forum. Many factors for harder touch downs. Just look at 737's, the NG's nearly allways are harder. Same folks put a 500 down like a pillow. Or those naughty dash-8 drivers that "slame" it in every time, just look at the gear design!!! Anyway, lifes good
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Old 13th Feb 2008, 17:14
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Well for the doomsdayers, looks like it's repairable.
'feared not...damaged beyond repair
http://www.jacdec.de/news/news.htm
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Old 13th Feb 2008, 17:22
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I wouldn't count on it.

Did you read the discalimer at the top of the page???

"The below information includes unofficial information and should be treated as this. Editors cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions caused by any information source mentioned herein. The nature of the following information should be regarded as preliminary."
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Old 13th Feb 2008, 21:56
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Did you read the discalimer at the top of the page???
yeah.

Did you notice that "damaged beyond repair" is an update to "damage: substantial"?????? (that's six question marks)
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Old 14th Feb 2008, 03:39
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Are they doing their investigation by remote control?????????? Try here for the ATSB link which shows the investigation is "continuing".

The Townsville refueller (the font of all knowledge) said Mr Boeing said that he'd seen worse.

Sorry if you're disappointed.

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Old 14th Feb 2008, 04:41
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I am curious. Are there trees or structures that blank out the wind at this airfield?

High Sink Rates and recovery from said high sink rates takes a handful of power and a sharp eye.

at KIAD (dulles airport washington dc) there is a "high sink rate" area when landing south on one six left... trees blank the wind. If you are ready for it a handful of thrust can save the landing.
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Old 14th Feb 2008, 14:39
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Sorry if you're disappointed.
pas de tout, monsieur!
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Old 14th Feb 2008, 15:39
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They are going to repair it.
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Old 14th Feb 2008, 22:12
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I am curious. Are there trees or structures that blank out the wind at this airfield?
From memory (last one in the early 90's) Darwin's runway 11/29 doesn't have any obstacles around that would cause any air disturbances but the runway itself has quite a stepped slope up from the southern end and i remember a couple of F/A-18 drivers blowing a couple of tyres after high sink rates when we arrived for an exercise for Pitch black 87.

Of course, if there was a CB in the vicinity, the disturbance from them can travel quite a distance and from all accounts the weather was pretty bad and it is the wet season.

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Old 14th Feb 2008, 22:41
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According to this, it's going to be repaired...

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...-23349,00.html
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Old 14th Feb 2008, 22:50
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The Townsville Refueller says, 'ya gotta love the boys from Boeing, they're SO good, they can repair a writeoff in only 4 to 6 weeks"!
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Old 14th Feb 2008, 23:30
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Never crashed......

There's an original totemic reference on this myth. Here, I think.
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Old 15th Feb 2008, 02:57
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And now they have this one at Cairns to add to the list...
Cairns? Or Darwin perhaps???
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