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Scrapping of LOT Polish Airlines SP-LPC @ WAW - Why?

Posted by deventhakkar on 11 January 2015 - 23:46:43
2 posts, 1 aircraft seen at 1 airports. Local Airport: Not specified

Hello everyone! btw happy new year 2015

I'm sure most of you know the incident at Warsaw, Poland on November 1, 2011.

Captain Tadeusz Wrona, 57 and First Officer Jerzy Szwarc were piloting SP-LPC, a 14 year old 763 of LOT Polish Airlines from Newark to Warsaw. Suddenly, the Polish pilots were aware that the landing gear was not down. All attempts to lower the landing gear failed due to a hydraulic pipe leak in the centre hydraulic system and a popped out circuit breaker for the motor of the alternate landing gear extension system. After circling the airport for over an hour burning fuel, the captain made a successful emergency gear up landing at Warsaw Chopin Airport. No one was hurt.

The aircraft was successfully recovered and towed to a LOT hangar for further assessment and inspections of the damage. Ironically, the aircraft was not repaired and did not return to service with LOT. The aircraft was scrapped on-site at Warsaw on November 2013, two years after the belly landing.

My question is what exactly caused the aircraft to be written off? Was the aircraft technically and economically W/O? Could it have possibly been repaired? And most of all, why wasn't it repaired and returned to LOT and scrapped? In my opinion the damage looks fairly repairable.

Thank you for your answers

Post Edited By deventhakkar on 12/01/2015 - 00:37:31
Posted by anorak48 on 12 January 2015 - 05:10:55

It was damaged beyond economical repair most probably the wing spars were damaged and to replace them you woud have fit 2 new wings and repair the fuselage. The age of aircraft didnt help. Its the insurance company who makes the decision not the airline most probably cost more to repair than its worth. Cheaper to get a new one a 777 maybe. There is always damage you cant see. plus would you fly in it after that i know i wouldn't.


Posted by deventhakkar on 13 January 2015 - 14:18:48
2 posts, 1 aircraft seen at 1 airports. Local Airport: Not specified

Out of curiosity, did the location of the damaged plane (at Warsaw, Poland) make it difficult to find a company that could repair the plane (besides LOT Polish Airlines and Boeing)? Were there adequate repair and maintenance facilities for SP-LPC at Warsaw Chopin Airport?

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