Door Ripped Off a 787 Yesterday as it Prepared for Maintenance

Scoot, the low cost carrier subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, just managed to rip the left from door off a Boeing 787-8 as it was being readied for maintenance on Sunday.

During preparation for routine maintenance, a door on a Scoot 787 aircraft sustained some damage and is currently undergoing recovery. No passengers were involved and no injuries were sustained while an investigation has been convened

This aircraft was only just delivered to the airline on November 5. It made it past its 2 month birthday. Ouch.

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  1. Scoot is no more, taken over by Tiger Airways, ugh.

    And if you get onto that plane you’ll notice it has no passageway between the two aisles, so if your seat is on the far side you literally have to clamber over the people seated in the middle section to get there. Or walk all the way around the the back past the toilets. Would not be certified airworthy in the US with no passageway between the emergency exits.

    As for the soft product, reservations, irrops handling, etc – well, best not to book Scoot/Tiger Airways if you need to be somewhere.

  2. Part of my history lessons in the UK was about the failed and fatal attempt to conquer the South Pole by Captain Scoot.

    He was beaten there by (a) Norwegian.

  3. The chocks were removed while the plane still had the walkway attached. Highly dangerous to ground crew, especially the person by the wheels, ie removing the chock, because he can get caught under the wheel if the brakes are not applied beforehand. This may have been pilot error, but more likely ground crew error if there is no reason the tug is not attached before removing chocks.

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