MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-83
An MD-83 overran the runway approximately 400 meters during a rejected takeoff. The aircraft overran the runway end by approximately 1,100 feet, coming to rest over a gulley, the aircraft bridging between a public road edge and a field. The nose landing gear drag links had fractured when the aircraft crossed a sharp rise in the ground at the public road, permitting the gear to enter the electronics compartment behind the wheel well. Both main landing gear upper strut bodies had failed at the same rise, folding the gear back and through the inboard flaps. These conditions would prevent moving the aircraft by typical means after the recovery, requiring special equipment to relocate the aircraft to a temporary parking position.
The aircraft overran the runway by a reported 70 meters from the end of the runway, stopping just short of and above a public street. One main gear folded back into its wheel well and one main gear was partially buried in a ditch. The aircraft came to rest facing in the opposite direction of the line of travel and on an incline.
BOEING 727 E1
EVALUATION & REPAIR
SOAR was contacted in early 2015 by Seattle's Museum of Flight to evaluate whether the first 727 could be made airworthy for its last flight to the field where it would be formally displayed as a historic prototype. SOAR provided a customized work scope of extensive restoration services. Laurie Haag Museum Vice President commented, "SOAR's team performed magnificently and the final flight of 727-22 was a grand testament to their work." SOAR's work is recognized on Bob Bogash's website: E1 Support Companies
SOAR was called to Subang to perform heavy aircraft structures repair, engineering and Scribe Line AD Inspection. The inspections revealed scribe line damage and other defects that required significant additional engineering repairs. SOAR managed and supervised multiple MRO and NDT partners and engineering firms to conduct a large scope of repair work, including repair designs and additional repair needs.
REPAIR & MODIFICATION
MEDINA, SAUDI ARABIA
The aircraft landed with one main gear retracted. The lack of local infrastructure did not support the heavy structure repair & pylon modification that was required. SOAR was contracted to repair the aircraft to serviceable condition for ferrying. Work scope included fuselage damage repair, engine strut replacement & engine strut wing interface modification.
NEW DELHI, INDIA
The aircraft had been heavily cannibalized by the operator & inactive for years. The lease company requested SOAR to restore the aircraft for ferry flight from India to Mexico for major maintenance. SOAR managed this complex work scope, requiring more than 2,045 line items of parts at a remote location & multi-jurisdictional airworthiness issues. The aircraft was ferried 13,000 miles without incident.
DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES
The A320 incurred damage to its nose gear due to a runway excursion rendering it unable to ferry itself to a repair station. SOAR was contacted to provide a temporary hangar for the onsite repair process. SOAR supervised local contracting companies, utility providers and safety officers to complete this large-scale project on time and within budget.
The Aircraft had been cannibalized for parts by the operator and remained inactive for 1.5 years. The leasing company requested SOAR to restore the aircraft for ferry flight from India to England for major maintenance. The complex scope of work, requiring more than 1,300 parts, included flight deck, avionics bay, air-conditioning system restorations, engine, thrust reverser and APU installations. Landing gear component refit, maintenance manual restoration after storage, A4 Check and testing of all systems. Its ferry flight to England was accomplished without incident.
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-82
During a landing in windy conditions, the aircraft's right hand wing outboard section made contact with a runway light fixture causing major damage to the outboard section and common structure of the right hand wing. The SOAR team was contacted and the damage evaluation was efficiently and comprehensively completed.
AIRBUS A320-214 HORIZONTAL
SOAR provided a low-cost, turn-key stabilizer replacement, including logistics and charters for large parts and tools, on schedule and below budget.
The aircraft overran the runway and came to rest on a slope at the edge of the airport. SOAR recovered the aircraft without causing any secondary damage and worked with the OEM in the performance a detailed damage evaluation. SOAR also provided all site logistics for the aircraft after the recovery.
The aircraft departed the runway after landing, collapsed its right hand main landing gear and came to rest on its tail and right wing. SOAR arrived on-site one day after the initial contact and a comprehensive recovery plan was completed on the same day.
Project scope included lifting the plane using air bags and extending the landing gear in order to tow the aircraft back to the tarmac on its own gear for an extensive damage evaluation.
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-83
The aircraft slid off an icy taxiway after landing and settled in frozen and muddy turf. The SOAR team promptly responded to a call from the airline and recovered the aircraft from field to taxiway within eight hours of arrival on-site.
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-83 RECOVERY & DAMAGE EVALUATION
The aircraft overran its runway, passed through a watercourse and came to rest in a minefield. SOAR performed a joint forces recovery that involved saturated sedimentary soil, de-mining, and bridge building under difficult environmental conditions. A detailed evaluation upon completion of the recovery was also performed and used in the eventual aircraft repair.