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Perth-bound Malaysia Airlines plane grounded after wires cut
A Malaysia Airlines plane bound for Perth in western Australia, has been grounded after an engineer conducting pre-flight checks noticed its wires had been cut, a newspaper report said on Saturday. The paper said the aircraft had arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on October one from Singapore and later sent to the maintenance bay for a routine inspection. At least seven bundles of wires were on Thursday found cut on the A-330 aircraft, including those under an instrument panel located under the captain’s seat.
I’m not sure, but this seems to be saying that after the plane had went to the maintenance bay at the Malaysian airport for a routine inspection, it was released to be flown, and the flight engineer noticed the cut wires during pre-flight inspection, which makes it look like Malaysian workers in the maintenance bay cut the wires?
Posted by:TS

#8  In the civilian world it's common for the mechanic who did major work on your airplane to go with you on the first flight.
Posted by: Lynwood   2003-10-6 11:34:37 AM  

#7  That's why the damn cigarette lighter wouldn't work...
Posted by: JDB   2003-10-5 5:39:31 PM  

#6  Shipman,
I think it is the shop steward, but I'm not a bubblehead.
In the 1200 psi steam navy, I witnessed CPOs that would make their boiler tech's (BT aka flangehead) oe machinist mates (MM aka monkey mate) stand next to any steam valve that the man had repacked.
Posted by: Super Hose   2003-10-5 5:36:22 PM  

#5   I would imagine that some faults would show up on the ground when they powered up.

With an all-electronic system, that's practically a certainty.
Posted by: Bomb-a-rama   2003-10-5 4:15:58 PM  

#4  Super Hose:

Is it a random rep.? I think the shop steward would be my pick.
Posted by: Shipman   2003-10-5 3:57:13 PM  

#3  When submarines are commissioned in the US, they make a representative from every one of the skilled trades sail with the submarine when it submerges for the first time.

This cuts down on shoddy workmanship, but wopuldn't have much effect on a jihadi.
Posted by: Super Hose   2003-10-5 3:03:11 PM  

#2  The A330 is a fly-by-wire aircraft. Cutting wires, it seems to me, is much more dangerous in that kind of aircraft, though I would imagine that wires going to electrical servos that run the control surfaces are much more robust and shielded. This thing sends shivers down my spine. Thank goodness for the preflight. I would imagine that some faults would show up on the ground when they powered up.
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2003-10-5 1:32:35 PM  

#1  Stasndby, airline tickets are about to get more expensive throughout the world. Democrats in teh states will be going for the all maintenace workers should be federal employees angle. Funny but weren't the mole of GITMO all federal employees at one time?
Posted by: Super Hose   2003-10-5 1:16:59 PM