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Mad Scientist
01-30-2009, 10:39 AM
:eek: When trying out an expensive new vehicle it is highly recommended that one should first carefully read the operators manual.



The brand spanking new Airbus 340-600, the largest passenger airplane ever built sat in its hangar in Toulouse, France without a single hour of airtime. Enter the Arab flight crew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to conduct pre-delivery tests on the ground, such as engine run-ups prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi. The ADAT crew taxied the A340-600 to the run-up area. Then they took all four engines to takeoff power with a virtually empty aircraft. Not having read the run-up manuals, they had no clue just how light an empty A340-600 really is. The takeoff warning horn was blaring away in the cockpit because they had all four engines at full power. The aircraft computers thought they were trying to takeoff but it had not been configured properly (flaps/slats, etc.). Then one of the ADAT crew decided to pull the circuit breaker on the Ground Proximity Sensor to silence the alarm. This fools the aircraft into thinking it is in the air. The computers automatically released all the brakes and set the aircraft rocketing forward. The ADAT crew had no idea that this is a safety feature so that pilots can't land with the brakes on. Not one member of the seven-man Arab crew was smart enough to throttle back the engines from their max power setting so the $200 million brand-new aircraft crashed into a blast barrier totaling it. The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown for there has been a news blackout in the major media in France and elsewhere. Coverage of the story was deemed insulting to Muslim Arabs. Finally, the photos are starting to leak out. Airbus $200 million aircraft meets retaining wall and the wall wins.

aboard_epsilon
01-30-2009, 10:48 AM
http://capnbob.us/graphics/imageview.php?image=http://capnbob.us/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/blast-fence.JPG

http://capnbob.us/graphics/imageview.php?image=http://capnbob.us/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/air-bus-nose.JPG

big oops

tony ennis
01-30-2009, 10:51 AM
That's largely fiction.

#1 (http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/a/aircraft-hits-wall.htm)
#2 (http://www.snopes.com/photos/airplane/etihad.asp)

barts
01-30-2009, 11:29 AM
:eek: When trying out an expensive new vehicle it is highly recommended that one should first carefully read the operators manual.

When posting pieces or links found on the Internet, the alert reader will both review how others may interpret his need to share that article with others,
and the provenance of the article in question. This is important, lest his readers confuse the prejudices of the original author as the poster's own...

10KPete
01-30-2009, 12:01 PM
The original post concerning the errors made by the flight crew is correct. The accident did happen, and for the reasons stated.

This event happened last year. Unfortunate, but true.

Pete

pcarpenter
01-30-2009, 12:14 PM
10kPete-- can you site a source for your information? The Snopes account last updated earlier this month which someone linked above does and points out that an airbus engineer was in the right hand seat which would (our should) suggest that someone was there who would know better.

Paul

barts
01-30-2009, 12:32 PM
... that an airbus engineer was in the right hand seat which would (our should) suggest that someone was there who would know better.

Paul

That's right... the guys running the plane worked for Airbus.

Here's a link to the story in Aviation.com...
http://www.aviation.com/safety/071116-etihad-airways-a340-600-incident.html

- Bart

dbc58
01-30-2009, 02:28 PM
Luckily for Airbus it was insured and nobody died.

10KPete
01-30-2009, 11:45 PM
That's the link I wuz gonna point to.... ya beat me to it.

I shoulda provided it the first time.

Actually, I first knew of the incident when a couple of buddies over at Boeing sent me some pics and such right after the wreck. They were worried at Big B 'cause their stuff works in much the same way re: the electronics and software. But no one has crunched another one that way again so......

Just wait, somebody will figure out a new way to wrinkle some expensive aluminum!

Pete