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September 28th, 2015
Again, one can only pray for the survivors and for the deceased, as they need the prayers more then the truck's owner's at this point.
There web site contains some contradictory information.More to the story. The DUKW is NOT a '45, it is a RTDI reproduction. From the RTDI website:
Ride The Ducks of Seattle is an independently owned and operated licensee. It purchased the vehicle involved in the accident from RTDI in January 2005. The terms of our agreement do not allow us to independently inspect or audit the equipment after delivery. However, we do continue to provide all licensees access to our knowledge base – this includes service bulletins, regular conference calls, and sharing of best practices. The Seattle team has been a part of this process.
The NTSB has released information about a 2013 service bulletin issued by RTDI to our company-owned locations and our licensees regarding a recommended front axle housing repair involving 57 Duck vehicles. This bulletin is typical of the ongoing communication we have with all operators of these vehicles, all of which are either owned by RTDI or one of our licensees. We had no reason to believe that Seattle had not complied with the bulletin. We can say that the operators of the other in-service vehicles covered by the bulletin in Stone Mountain Park, GA, Branson, MO, Newport, KY, and Philadelphia, PA had complied. This maintenance work involved inspection and reinforcement of the front axle housing assembly.
September 29th, 2015
As to the man who said his DUKW was listed as a 1942 or 43 GMC, he is probably not being truthful with the DMV, as an example, in Texas a DUKW needs both a vehicle registration and a boat registration, and that would point out that it is indeed a DUKW. Most other states would likely require the dual registration as the vehicle in question is a dual use machine.
Your comments here are productive, saddamsnightmare, and I want to thank you for that.September 29th, 2015
This accident has been most unfortunate, causing loss and grief to all involved, but we can benefit from the NTSB investigation, inasmuch as it proves an inherent weakness in the design, we will know that those components will need to be monitored more closely and perhaps replaced with better quality new parts. We will either benefit from the knowledge, or if we hide our heads in the sand, we will lose from the knowledge not being utilized to improve our machines.
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