So, we are to believe that two Delta pilots (the pilots), a Delta pilot (ALPA Safety volunteer), and at least one other Delta pilot (management) managed to "cover" this up? They were also so powerful that they managed to keep MX quiet, the FAA, and the NTSB? Really? The DPA's basic premise is that every single person involved with this incident from the pilots up to the Federal Government are involved in a safety cover up? See any UFOs this week?
Let's get into the basis for their accusations. First they state that this incident happened in December and that no one told anyone about it. A quick review of the DeltaNet and ALPA website showed no such incident in December. Using a simple EXIF data inspection of the photo we were able to find out the date of the photo was October 10th 2011. We then did a simple Google search for incidents on 10/10/11 involving Delta planes.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.
On October 10, 2011 at about 3:04 eastern daylight time, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200, N553NW, powered by 2 Pratt & Whitney PW2037(M) turbofan engines, experienced a No. 1 (left) engine failure during takeoff roll at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia (ATL). The flight crew reported that, when at about 60 kias, they heard a loud bang and noted left engine fire indications. The captain aborted the takeoff. The airplane was taxied back to the gate without further incident and the passengers were deplaned normally. The flight was a regularly scheduled passenger service from ATL to Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW), Ft. Worth, Texas. No injuries were reported, and there was minor damage to the airplane.
A post-event inspection found that the left engine diffuser case was ruptured. The airplane and engine damage was documented October 12-13, 2011 at Delta Tech Ops, Atlanta, Georgia.
The engine was removed on October 12. A disassembly investigation took place October 18-21, 2011, and parts were shipped to the National Transportation Safety Board's materials lab for further investigation.A further search on the DeltaNet and ALPA website revealed that the incident was published last year in multiple safety briefings. Where is the cover up?
On what planet does the the DPA think that Delta pilots (the pilots involved, the CPO, the ALPA volunteer, and other pilots at Delta) would even consider covering something up? They further assert that the reason this happens is because the company pays for our safety budget?
In the case of the Delta MEC, the Safety Committee Chairman is not paid by Delta Pilot dues, but directly by the company as is the entire Safety budget.Nothing could be further from the truth. The FPL used for a Delta ALPA Safety volunteer to monitor the engine breakdown with the NTSB comes directly from your dues money. That's the dues money that gets sent to Herndon and pooled for exactly these events and that the DPA claims we don't get back.
We were able to see right through the DPA lies using just a Google search. If they are willing to lie about Delta pilots covering up safety issues what else are they doing? Their accusations fly in the face of every single Delta pilot and immune the integrity of us all.
Take the time to call your reps and verify anything the DPA tells you, we'll bet you dollars to donuts that it's far from the full story.