#9M-MRO Fender Bender long before Flight MH370

Saturday, March 8, 2014
By George Hatcher

This is not the first time we have met this Malaysia Airlines Boeing.

Our first meeting with #9M-MRO was when it had a fender bender at Shanghai-Pudong International when it was taxiing and bumped the tail of a China Eastern Airlines A340 plane, B-6050. The Boeing wingtip broke off; and the tail of the other plane. Other sources list this as a different plane but you can’t argue with the BEA as a source. They’re French.

The BEA lists it here http://www.bea.aero/fr/enquetes/2012/2012.semaine.32.pdf as
BOEING 777-200 9M-MRO AD Shanghai Pudong – Chine 263 on déterminé Inconnu 0 TP Collision au sol entre deux avions

Our usual aviation photographers at Airliners net don’t show the down and dirty photos any more, so we had to do some ground-level searches to find this. These are from the plain old internet, none of our experts so feel free to blame (or praise) the search engine. This plane was broken. But if it was flying okay the accident well over a year ago, then do we presume the site of the damage was as good as new?

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