Aviation News

March 21, 2012

MD-11 Versus Wall: Wall Wins

Nordic Global Airlines MD-11 OH-LGC
Nordic Global Airlines MD-11 (OH-LGC) vs. hangar door. (Photo by Jussi Nukari/MTV, via mtv3.fi)
I guess you could argue the wall in this photo looks worse for wear than the cargo plane that hit it. After all, it does have a gaping hole in it, whereas the MD-11 suffered a measly crumpled radome.

A plane’s radome is relatively easy and inexpensive to repair, as it is not part of the fuselage itself and usually made of fiberglass or plastic so as to allow the radio waves from the radar inside to pass through. That radar could also be damaged, but again, not a big deal on the list of airplane parts.

But look closer and you’ll see the skin behind the radome has also buckled. That’s where the estimators and the accountants start getting antsy. For a two-decade-old aircraft, that might just mean the glue factory. I mean the beer can factory.

The hangar is in Helsinki. The plane belongs to Nordic Global Airlines. Delivered in 1993, OH-LGC flew passengers for Finnair until the airline retired it in 2008, and in 2010 it was converted to a freighter.

See more photos at mtv3.fi.