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On The Scene -- At LaGuardia Int'l
Jan. 19 2003
The Time: Sunday, January 19 2003
The Place: LaGuardia Int'l Airport, New York
ETYMOLOGY: Scots, possibly from "ramp." -- although the medieval Scots not known for their aviation ramps.
Here The "Ramp-age" Was of A Flight
At The Passenger Ramp For Northwest Flight 1653
Airbus Model --
A319 Engines -2
jets Passengers: 124 in two
classes (8/116) Coach Seating: 3 +
3 Range: 2020 - 4373
statute miles Cruise Speed: 530 mph
(Mach 0.82) First Flight: May
1996 Production Years:
Airbus Model -- A319
Engines -2 jets
Passengers: 124 in two classes (8/116)
Coach Seating: 3 + 3
Range: 2020 - 4373 statute miles
Cruise Speed: 530 mph (Mach 0.82)
First Flight: May 1996
Production Years: Continues
Six Injuries -- No Damage Estimates
Those Fun Loving Mechanics: At about 6:45am, 19 Jan. 2003, Northwest Flight 1653 was being taxied into Gate 10.
During taxi procedure, throttle power was "over-applied" & the A319 aircraft went right into the jetbridge.
Three Northwest ground employees guiding the aircraft, a customer service agent on the loading bridge
-- and the 2 mechanics piloting the aircraft were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens for minor injuries.
The individual impacted most was a Northwest agent on the jetway. She was pinned between the aircraft & the jetbridge.
Above, a new method to unload the flight crew & luggage.
On it's "Ramp-age" Northwest Flight 1653 slammed over a tug and it's tail swiped a B-757 aircraft on an adjacent gate causing additional damages. According to several sources, had a cement pillar not been there causing the nose gear to collapse after impact, the A319 might have gone through more than one jetbridge.
To prevent future incidents, experts have suggested new instructions for mechanics during taxi operations:
IMPORTANT OPERATIONAL WARNING:
THROTTLE CONTROLS -- Will Generally Move Plane Forward> Should Objects Begin To Appear Closer
COPILOT REQUEST -- "HELLO -- Auto Club? My two front tires are 'down' "
"Yeah, I may need a tow"
SPECIAL NOTE: Founded in 1926 to carry U.S. Mail from the Twin Cities to Chicago in an open cock-pit biplane, Northwest Airlines has a proud history - a GREAT safety record -- and has well earned it's place as one of the world's great airlines.
SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker. It's dangerous out there.
INDEX TO OUR "Ramp-age". PAGE SPECIAL FEATURES:
Airbus A319 Safety Record -- great!
Airbus Products In Service
LGA - LaGuardia Int'l. Airport
Northwest Airlines - a proud history - a GREAT safety record
Northwest A319 Image Library
ANOTHER MECHANICS DURING TAXI FEATURE:"White Planes Can't Jump" - at Kuala Lumpur! Oct. 2001
Mr. Aaron White, Southwest Airlines, Customer Relations, Headquarters Executive Offices, Dallas, TX.McD
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EDITOR'S NOTE FOR SURVEYORS, ATTORNEYS & MARINE ADJUSTERS: The Internet edition effort of The Cargo Letter now celebrates it's 8th Year of Service -- making us quite senior in this segment of the industry. We once estimated container underway losses at about 1,500 per year. Lloyd's put that figure at about 10,000 earlier this year. Quite obviously, the reporting mechanism for these massive losses is not supported by the lines. News of these events is not posted to the maritime community. Our new project is to call upon you -- those handling the claims -- to let us know of each container loss at sea-- in confidentiality. Many of you survey on behalf of cargo interests with no need for confidentiality. Others work for the lines & need to be protected. As a respected Int'l publication, The Cargo Letter enjoys full press privileges & cannot be forced to disclose our sources of information. No successful attempt has ever been made. If a personal notation for your report is desired -- each contributor will be given a "hot link" to your company Website in each & every report. Please take moment & report your "overside" containers to us. If you do not wish attribution, your entry will be "anonymous." This will will benefit our industry -- for obvious reasons! McD
NOTE: The Cargo Letter wants you to know that by keeping the identity of our contributors 100% Confidential, you are able to view our continuing series of "Cargo Disasters." For example, no photos of this disaster have been released to any other publication. Our friends send us materials which benefit the industry. The materials are provided to our news publication with complete and enforceable confidentiality for the sender. In turn, we provide these materials to you.
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