Qatar Airways may be dealing with ongoing Airbus A350 paint issues, but one Boeing 777 has a much bigger problem after slicing into a metal post at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Four pilots have been fired as a result.
Qatar Airways 777 Wing Damaged After Collision At Chicago O’Hare
The incident occurred at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) on August 5th. A Boeing 777-FDZ (registration A7-BFH), which is part of Qatar Airways’ cargo fleet landed from Atlanta (ATL) at 8:45pm and was scheduled to continue on to Maastricht (MST) a few hours later.
But the 777 received damaged to its right wind leading edge after colliding with a metal lamppost on taxiway BB2. It isn’t clear the extent of the damage, but it looks pretty bad:
2015 built Qatar Airways Boeing 777-FDZ Aircraft ( A7-BFH) Received damages to it’s Right wing Leading edge (slat and wing structure) after it hit a lamp post, while taxiing at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD/KORD) on 5th August.
— FL360aero (@fl360aero) August 7, 2022
(Pilots – please feel free to give your take on the damages below)
A Qatar Airways spokesperson confirmed the incident:
“Qatar Airways can confirm that a cargo aircraft, QR8141 operating from Atlanta to Chicago, came into contact with a light post while taxiing at Chicago O’Hare and sustained some damage to the wing. The incident is currently under investigation and we can confirm that no crew members were injured.”
The four pilots in the cockpit have allegedly been terminated. As of tonight, August 7th, the aircraft remains in Chicago O’Hare.
A cargo-configured Qatar Airways 777 has sustained damages after an accident occurred at Chicago ORD. It appears the problem was pilot error and it is not clear how long it will take to make the aircraft airworthy again.
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