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The wingtips of two aircraft “came into contact” Wednesday at O’Hare International Airport.

United flight 645 bound for Portland, Oregon, and another aircraft parked at a nearby gate, a United spokesperson said. There were no customers on the parked aircraft and no injuries reported on either involved in the incident, the spokesperson said.

“We are assisting our customers and expect to operate the flight to Portland with a different aircraft shortly,” they said.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed those details, adding there was left wing damage to both planes.

The FAA will investigate the incident.

No other information was available.

 

 

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You have to wonder what the heck is going on.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300(ER) Damaged in Rome (+Photos)

  
 
 

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300(ER) Damaged in Rome (+Photos)

Masakatsu Ukon

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300(ER) Damaged in Rome (+Photos)
August 16
10:302018
 

MIAMI — A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300(ER) was damaged yesterday at Rome–Fiumicino Airport as it pushed back for its flight back to Hong Kong. The aircraft’s right wing hit one of the airport’s floodlight poles, causing severe damage to the raked wingtip.

The aircraft involved is B-KPY, a 6-year-old Triple Seven, which was delivered to the airline back in January 2012.

Photos show parts of the aircraft’s wing on the ground. Rome Aviation Spotters managed to capture the incident, showing the rear section of the raked wingtip partially wrapping the airport’s pole.

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The airline confirmed that the aircraft “was involved in a towing incident in which one of its wingtips 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 Cathay Pacific spokeswoman stated.

This is one of Cathay Pacific’s re-configured 777s, which has been fitted with more seats in Economy Class. The airline has adopted the industry-wide 10-abreast seating configuration, fitting 368 passengers in Economy Class.

Cathay Pacific announced in February this year that it would increase its Hong Kong – Rome service to a daily flight on its higher-capacity 777-300(ER)s during the summer season.

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For the winter season, however, the schedule drops to four-times per week with the airline’s new Airbus A350-900.

Bad Week For The 777


In less than seven days, two Boeing 777s have been damaged due to incidents on the ground.

On August 9, a Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner impacted its right wingtip against the tail of a Turkish Airlines 777-300(ER) at Istanbul-Ataturk International Airport.

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The Triple-Seven aircraft suffered significant damage on the lower portion of the APU’s casing, as shown by pictures taken by Airporthaber in Istanbul.

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These incidents seem to be on the rise, especially during 2018. Hopefully these aren’t becoming a new norm within the aviation industry. It may be something where retraining of ground staff may have to occur on a significant level.

 

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Some possible reasons:

1) Summertime replacement ground crews

2) Minimal training for new hire  ground crews 

3) Cost cutting/under staffed for gates departures and arrivals

4) Low pay=low quality of work force (not always) and dedication

5) Ramp congestion/construction:

ORD is under contruction. UAL’s gates are decades old and crowded with all these longer winged aircraft now in use  

FCO is a bit of a mess. Kind of a dump.

IST has more planes than ramp space  

 

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Cathay...

Hello world.....

Hey, some idiot just towed us into a lamp post....but listen, we have 10 wide in economy and we're increasing routes and changing our winter schedule so why not fly with us...😁

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2 hours ago, blues deville said:

Some possible reasons:

1) Summertime replacement ground crews

2) Minimal training for new hire  ground crews 

3) Cost cutting/under staffed for gates departures and arrivals

4) Low pay=low quality of work force (not always) and dedication

5) Ramp congestion/construction:

 

 

All the above.

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1 hour ago, deicer said:

All the above.

Add to that list the increased number of gates that have adjacency conflicts. 

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1 hour ago, AAS said:

Add to that list the increased number of gates that have adjacency conflicts. 

Yes another built-in problem. Gates with aircraft type restrictions and then....ka-bam. Pre-owned Boeing parts for sale. 

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