Saturday, December 08, 2007

Caustic Comments

Wouldn’t It Be Cheaper To Buy A New Plane?

Talk about a wing and a prayer! A Chinese state-run company has been ordered to pay a record $65 million in compensation, plus interest, for destroying a Malaysia Airlines plane with falsely declared cargo of caustic chemicals. The Airbus A330 was ruined when 80 canisters belonging to the Dalian branch of the China National Chemical Construction Corp. leaked oxalyl chloride in the cargo hold in March 2000. Five ground handlers became ill when unloading the canisters.

FOOTNOTE: A flier in the ointment.

10 comments:

Casdok said...

You would have thought so!

Seamus said...

Expensive shipping cost!!!

eric1313 said...

Nobody ever accused these guys of being rocket scientists. Aerodynamics engineers are apparently a big step down.

Saw the Christmas pick. What a fascinating shot.

imac said...

Naughty shippers.

Story ends and a question in my blog.

Lee said...

David, you keep coming up with old song titles. I have an old piece of sheet music which I got from my grandmother while she was still with us. It is called, "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer." Small world!

Peace!

Pijush said...

Oh.. thats a good amount of money

Suzi-k said...

not to mention the risk to the passengers, if there were any! It is widely believed that the mystery surrounding the Helderberg disaster, in which an SAA boeing dissapeared on a flight from Asia to SA about 30 odd years ago, was due to a government cover-up and that dangerous goods were being transported with the passengers.
Have you been following the grounding of an entire airline here due to poor maintenance and un-airworthy aircraft, following an incident when one took off from Capetown and one engine literally dropped off the wing...scary!

Celebration of Life said...

Hello David, I just dropped in to say hello! I wish I could trade you seasons about now! Snow, snow everywhere and not a flake to spare!

Jeni said...

A "Flier in the ointment" indeed!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

You pinged my interest, Davis, so I did a bit of research. The Chinese company got off cheap: In 2003, the cost of an Airbus A330 ranged from $136,000,000 to $145,000,000.