“You can deny reality but you cannot avoid the consequences of denying reality.” — Ayn Rand.
Another one of these disconcerting stories has cropped up suggesting that we may have a wider problem than previously suspected. It’s not nearly as bad as the door plug blowing out of a Boeing 737 Max over Portland, but it’s still troubling. Back on January 15, a passenger at Manchester Airport in the UK was awaiting takeoff on a flight to New York City when he noticed something unusual out the window. He was seated near the wing of the aircraft and he saw that one panel on the wing had a number of screws missing. Somewhat alarmed, he called it to the attention of a flight steward. A maintenance worker was summoned and the flight was delayed while they attended to the missing hardware on the wing. (NY Post)
A New York-bound Virgin Atlantic flight was canceled just moments before takeoff last week when an alarmed passenger said he spotted several screws missing from the plane’s wing.
British traveler Phil Hardy, 41, was onboard Flight VS127 at Manchester Airport in the UK on Jan. 15 when he noticed the four missing fasteners during a safety briefing for passengers and decided to alert the cabin crew.
“I’m a good flyer, but my partner was not loving the information I was telling her and starting to panic, and I was trying to put her mind at rest as much as I could,” Hardy told the Kennedy News agency of the moment he spotted the missing fixings.
The passenger took photographs of maintenance people with screwdrivers fiddling around with the panel where the missing hardware was noticed. (You can see the pictures in the linked article.) But then the flight was canceled and everyone was booked on other flights while they pulled the plane back for additional inspection and maintenance.
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