posted on Jan, 23 2018 @ 04:22 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
Stupid s***t like that happens all the time, and its getting increasingly worse as airlines and ground service contractors cut more corners, push
people harder and employ ever lower quality of cheaper ramp workers, sometimes brought in from third world countries on temporary visas. I doubt some
of them ever saw a plane up close until they flew in on one. About a year ago we had a 380 fly in from LAX with a nice big fist sized hole on the
trailing edge of the L/H I/B flap. There was clear evidence of blue paint and when the previous work package was reviewed there was a task to purge a
fuel pressure switch on the rear spar dead in line with the damage, and guess what? The only place that uses blue scissor lifts in QF is LAX. We
presented the evidence and the line station manager for the Americas denied it and his boss said it wasn't them, nice. Clearly they hit a random blue
scissor lift at 38,000ft somewhere over the Pacific!
The year before that on a post flight Chk 2 walk around I found a wing fence with quite significant damage, again out of LAX, again denied as being
them. Either they hit another aircraft on tow or an oversized vehicle like a catering truck with the body raised was responsible. And guess who wears
the bill for repairing the damage every time? The SYD UA guys complained of the same thing, they always end up being the most expensive operation port
wise because they fix everyone else's f***ups. Man this industry is going to the dogs...