Alaska Airlines plane wing note 'not appropriate'
SEATTLE — A passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight looked out the window and saw what looked like a damaged area on the wing with a handwritten note saying, "We know about this." The incident July 28 drew comments on Twitter and other social media websites, but the Seattle-based airline says the plane is safe and there was nothing to worry ... (more)
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#1 Aug 8, 2012
If this plane had a damaged flap that MX knew about it, two things should have happened.
One is the plane should have been taken out of service as it is unairworthy because of the damaged flap or it should have been written up in the aircraft's maintenance logbook and either repaired before it flew again ot deferred thru the company's deferral policy if the condition deviation manual allowed it and then the plane could have gone flying, legally , for a few days until the repair could have been scheduled.
Any 3rd rate maintenance controller or MX supervisor should have known this.
ALSO, IF THE CAPTAIN WAS TOLD ABOUT THIS, THAT HE HAD A DAMAGED AIRPLANE, HE SHOULD HAVE CALLED AIRCRAFT MX TO HIS PLANE, AND HAD THE DAMAGE DOCUMENTED BEFORE THE PLANE COULD LEAVE.
Th FAA needs to look into this and start fining , first the captain and then the V/P of MX for allowing this kind of thing to happen. It's evident, the flight crews and maintenance personel at Alaska A/L don't have a clue how their MX system is suppsed to work. If I didn't know better, I'd swear Bill Weaver was back their in charge of aircraft MX.
This sounds like the type of maintence that may cause another crash of an Alaska Airlines plane like the one about 10 years ago when the horizontal stabilizer failed due to bad and neglected aicraft MX !
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