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Old 11-05-2007, 10:27 AM   #1  
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Default Passengers revolt after being told to fly on jet with its wing tip missing

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...a_source=&ct=5

An airline crew faced a rebellion when they told passengers they were going to fly on a jet that had lost its wing tip in a runway crash.


The SriLankan Airlines customers had been on the Airbus A340 a day earlier when it sliced through a wing of a stationary British Airways 747 at Heathrow, delaying departure by 24 hours. So they were amazed to be boarding the same plane next day for the ten-hour flight to Colombo.


When cabin crew then admitted there was still a 5ft wing tip missing, there was "a minor revolt" as seven passengers demanded to be let off the aircraft. A further two-hour delay followed as their baggage was removed before the aircraft could take off. Club-class passenger Ian McKie, 54, from Loughton, Essex, said: "We were put up in hotels the night of the crash and next morning we were told we would be on a different plane that day. "We only realised that we were actually going on the same aircraft when we got to the Club lounge and saw the plane but without its wing tip." The former policeman, who was jetting off for a two-week holiday with his partner Gill Stone, 52, added: "On board, the cabin crew admitted that it was the same one as last time and that the tip had been ripped off.

"They assured us it didn't matter but a number of the passengers insisted that they would rather get on the next flight."

The collision happened shortly after 10pm two weeks ago when the BA011 flight to Singapore was waiting on a runway, followed by the SriLankan Airbus.

The SriLankan aircraft wing ripped through the BA flight's wing, tearing off a huge chunk and resulting in the BA jumbo being grounded.
SriLankan Airlines insisted there was no danger in flying without a wing tip. It added: "They are purely for aerodynamics and to keep fuel costs to a minimum. There is no impact on safety at all. Safety is our absolute priority."

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The SriLankan Airlines customers had been on the Airbus A340 a day earlier when it sliced through a wing of a stationary British Airways 747 at Heathrow, delaying departure by 24 hours. So they were amazed to be boarding the same plane next day for the ten-hour flight to Colombo.
In the picture it looks like the BA airplane is the one with the wingtip ripped off.
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I think airbus winglets and fences are in the CDL. They aren't needed.

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In the picture it looks like the BA airplane is the one with the wingtip ripped off.
im a little confused by that picture as well?
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another reason passengers should'nt be allowed windows
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another reason passengers should'nt be allowed windows
lol.. god forbid they enjoy the flight.
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I think airbus winglets and fences are in the CDL. They aren't needed.
I know there is a CDL for the -400 winglets as well, but I do understand how a passenger who doesn't know any better could be uncomfortable.
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Heh, 'they are just for aerodynamics'. Isn't what the whole damn airplane is for?
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I think airbus winglets and fences are in the CDL. They aren't needed.
I believe you're correct. I seem to recall seeing a picture of a A330 in KLM colors taking off with one winglet missing. I'll try and find it.

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Wrong. KLM 747 PH-BFA http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0983281/L/

I guess exp96 is also correct about the 744 CDL!

For your enjoyment or curiosity or whatever, here's some pictures of some more clipped birds.

EDIT2:
Finally figured out how to insert HTML. Good thing I know about technology, with all those computers flying us around. Ugh. Maybe not. This is frustrating. OK Finally figured it out.

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Here's a video of an A330 missing a winglet taking off:
http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra...ideo-7698.html

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