August 07, 2009
Oh That'll Buff Out
Posted by scott at August 07, 2009 11:40 AM
Airplanes do a lot of things well. Offroading isn't one of them. Just by the pictures, it doesn't look like a complete write-off. But what do I know? That's one expensive excursion right there, folks.
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If you look at the comments, our friends at The Local have more info. Your filter won't let me post the link though. This article says that plane had a fire either right before or during the landing. No mention as to why he decided to execute a "runway excursion". Assuming that he wasn't moving too fast, the spine wouldn't be damaged. If that's the case, you've got a problem with the front gear and the attachment points (costly) and some sheetmetal work (costly, but not that bad). Some avionics might be in trouble when I look at the radome, but not enough to write the plane off.
All depending on the damage to the spine of the plane.