Modern day Arabian Nights tale in the era of high technology


Written by To The Point News Friday, 16 May 2008

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 runups, 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 4 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 Moslem Arabs. Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.

Well the photos would be available if someone has a photo bucket account or something similar I'll e-mail them.
Stick em on image shack, it's free and you don't need an account.
Are you sure it was an Arab crew?

Most Middle Eastern carriers have western flight crew, some are worse than the Arabs trained in the west. Ohh and the photos of this are a right disaster

Now Saudia is another matter altogether... shocking
So this happend in May? 340 the largest passenger aircraft? GPWS overriding the WOG switches? Arab fiight crew? now i know its a wah
The pictures:



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Its nowt. A weekend with a ball pein hammer and some bodge - good as new.

These pictures were "leaked" in November last year. Methinks To The Point News is a tad slow with its stories.
I stand corrected, even better than the Tornado we had sitting on its arse and the BAMC jumbo LOL

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