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Old 03-29-2015, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New photos show extensive damage to Air Canada plane that crash-landed
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info - Off to watch CBC Halfax. Flightaware shows about a 1 hour air hold just proir to landing.... Having flown into HFX a lot, I can relate to snow/fog issues.

Air Canada Flight AC624: Tweets, photos from the scene | CTV News

Air Canada 624 crash landing: How events are playing out on social media - Nova Scotia - CBC News

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Not much reaction .... only one reply before mine. It seems the Germanwings accident is stealing the show....

Anyways, the AC A320 apparently struck the an antenna array before touching down
Landing gear ripped off when Air Canada flight 624 hit antenna array: TSB | Globalnews.ca
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1100 feet is a bit of an undershoot too. At least this one had no loss of life.
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I shook my head listening to the VP of the airline continually insist it was a "hard landing" not a "crash". He couldn't explain the difference between the two terms, instead kept repeating himself. Typical corporate drone.

To me, if your airplane is lying on its belly, with engines torn off, landing gear ripped off, and one wing badly damaged, it crashed. Pure and simple.

And apparently the passengers spent up to an hour in the snow, many in shorts and some without shoes, standing on the runway in the dark, before the airport got its act together and transported them to the terminal in buses.
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This was definitely a crash, not a "runway overrun" that Air Canada keeps referring it to. Also, I know passengers were probably coming from sunny destinations, but when you know your destination is cold/snowy and the fact there is always a likelihood for a crash (even if it is rare) and should dress accordingly. Anyway, glad no one was killed/seriously injured.
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If ya gonna die, at least dress appropriately, have some respect for the undertakers at the very least
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In my opinion its all to do with insurance claims A passenger who survives a crash gets paid more than one who lives through a hard landing.
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A couple of items on this. 624 was from Toronto to Halifax. It happened to have connecting passengers from Florida on it. Temp in Toronto when they arrived/deplaned/cleared customs went to the gate/ boarded was around freeszing - no sympathy if they lacked common sense to put on shoes or pants before going [home] to Halifax which has had a hellaciously bad winter.

Second, unlike most airports Hali's is literally way out of town and given the time, the likelihood of there being any buses around would be low and probably an optimistic half hour away for them to get there.

Third, they succeeded in taking out the main power lines to the terminal - why was there not backup generators...?

I was struck by the similarity of this to the BA 777 'hard landing' at Heathrow. With the ILS, Radalt and everything else available, why bust minimums [get thereitis?] to the point they 'arrived' on the runway when you TOGA at minimums and divert, even if it was Moncton. Perhaps once the prelim review of he recorders is done in town today we will know more.
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