Lidia Recovery - Antarctica (ALCI DC-3T C-GEAI)

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Lidia Recovery - Antarctica (ALCI DC-3T C-GEAI)

Post by Voracity » Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:22 am

Amazing work by the salvage team in repairing "Lidia" in situ on the Holtanna Glacier, Antarctica to fly her back home to Calgary (Jan 2014).

C-GEAI sustained substantial damage during takeoff on December 20, 2012 during a tour operation. A salvage team returned one year later and spent nearly two months in the field repairing the aircraft so she could be flown home.

Accident Description - http://aviation-safety.net/database/rec ... 20121220-0

Youtube Slideshow of the Recovery - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5NicZ6aNpM

More photos of the Recovery (128 photos) - http://exposurealaska.com/ice/lidia%20r ... index.html

Congrats to all those involved in this successful salvage! This story would make for an excellent documentary.
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Re: Lidia Recovery - Antarctica (ALCI DC-3T C-GEAI)

Post by Meddler » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:17 am

Amazing job. I'm surprised someone didn't write it off as too expencive and complex and just buy a "new" one.

Congrats to all involved.
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Re: Lidia Recovery - Antarctica (ALCI DC-3T C-GEAI)

Post by Brantford Beech Boy » Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:21 pm

Not the first time it has been done.

just google "EAJ Salvage" on youtube

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Re: Lidia Recovery - Antarctica (ALCI DC-3T C-GEAI)

Post by J31 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:32 pm

Quite the salvage in remote and extreme conditions for both of these machines!

EAJ salvage video in 2009

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Re: Lidia Recovery - Antarctica (ALCI DC-3T C-GEAI)

Post by groncher » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:10 pm

Not the first time for this airframe either. The aircraft was badly damaged in a windstorm and written off at Patriot Hills around 10 years ago and repaired the following season.

Good work ladies and gentlemen!!!! Enjoy your hot showers and warm beds, you deserve them!!
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Re: Lidia Recovery - Antarctica (ALCI DC-3T C-GEAI)

Post by frozen solid » Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:10 pm

Spectacular pictures! Those engineers are rock stars.
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