Dismantling of a KLM Boeing 737-400

Between the end of April and the beginning of May 2006 AELS dismantled a Boeing KLM 737-400, with the former registration PH-BTC that was parked in a corner of Barcelona Airport. The aircraft had an accident and could not be returned to economical use.

The project started by setting up a project plan that would fit all boundary conditions and satisfy all stakeholders.

The dismantling started with placing fencing around the aircraft to prevent debris from flying around and the removal of the last hazardous material in the aircraft.

Between the end of April and the beginning of May 2006 AELS dismantled a Boeing KLM 737-400, with the former registration PH-BTC that was parked in a corner of Barcelona Airport. The aircraft had an accident and could not be returned to economical use. The project started by setting up a project plan that would fit all boundary conditions and satisfy all stakeholders. The dismantling started with placing fencing around the aircraft to prevent debris from flying around and the removal of the last hazardous material in the aircraft.
Before starting the scrapping a bird watcher saw a bird flying away from the tail. Immediately the work was stopped and the eggs were removed from the tail with a cherry picker. The eggs where moved to a location where they could further develop.
After the eggs were removed the scrapping started. First the cockpit followed by the empennage, the wings and the centre of the fuselage.
When the aircraft was almost cut into transportable pieces, the collection of the leftovers started. After a few truck loads were filled with leftovers the last pieces were collected.
At the recycling facility the material was collected. Eventually it entered the shredder. In this machine the leftovers where further reduced in size and sorted in different materials, like aluminium and plastics.
After the sorting the material was further recycled. The complete process was monitored to be certain that all the components were destroyed. This was done to make sure that the components could not re-enter the market as bogus parts.