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    Massive Oooops !!

    This brand spanking new Airbus 340-600, the largest passenger airplane ever built, sits just outside 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 take-off 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 take-off 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 take off, 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, totalling it.

    The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown due to the news blackout in the major media in France and elsewhere. Because........

    Coverage of the story was deemed insulting to Muslim Arabs.
    Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.

    One French Airbus: $200 million dollars
    Untrained Arab Flight Crew: $300,000 Yearly Salary
    Unread Operating Manual: $300
    Aircraft meets retaining wall and the wall wins.
    PRICELESS!!!

    "And that's why God gave them camels "!
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    Ooohhhhh shiiiiiiit!

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    I flew heavies back in the day ... believe me the manual was written for a reason. Not one thing they did from the time they arrived makes any sense. I spent some time in Saudi, back in the eighties ... back then we sold them F-15's and had to re-fuel them until they bought their own tankers. it was a FUBAR most of the time. ha Ha But $$ always won out

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    So why is an aircraft accident from 2007 being posted here?

    http://www.snopes.com/photos/airplane/etihad.asp

    Quote Originally Posted by Snopes
    Origins: The photographs displayed above do represent the aftermath an Airbus 340 engine test that ended in a ground collision, but unconfirmed, pejorative information has been added to the accompanying text which describes the circumstances of the accident.

    On 15 November 2007, a four-engine Airbus A340-600 (which is not actually "the largest passenger airplane ever built") in the process of being delivered to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways was undergoing ground engine testing at the Airbus Technical Center in Toulouse, France. During those tests, the aircraft somehow broke loose and crashed into the test-pen wall as pictured above. According to press reports, ninepeople — two Airbus employees and seven employees of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), a service provider contracted by Etihad — were aboard the airliner at the time, and four of them were injured. (It is not true, as claimed, that there was "a news blackout in the major media in France and elsewhere" because "coverage of the story was deemed insulting to Moslem Arabs.")

    Although the accident did occur while ground engine tests were being conducted with the plane's parking brake applied, a report released by French investigators inDecember 2008 (translated into English here) did not identify the cause of the crash to be ADAT technicians who were unfamiliar with the aircraft and overrode a vital safety feature:
    French investigators have found that an Airbus to be delivered to Etihad Airways crashed during ground engine tests because the wheels were unchocked and attempts to steer away from a wall had decreased brake pressure.

    A 30-page report released by the Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses (BEA) said the four Trent 500 engines, carrying 56,000 pounds of thrust each, were being tested at high power and the wheels were left unchocked.

    "Surprise led the ground-test technician to focus on the braking system, so he did not think about reducing the engines' thrust," said the report.

    "It was all over in 13 seconds," said David Kaminski-Morrow, an editor at Air Transport Intelligence. "The aeroplane shouldn't haven been running with engines at higher power and the aeroplane should have had chocks on the wheels to stop [it] moving, and these things didn't happen. It was basically a schoolboy error."

    "The report does not say who made the decision to put the aeroplane in the position which led to the accident in the first place. What part ADAT played and what part Airbus made is not publicly clear," Mr Kaminski-Morrow said.

    "This will probably be the subject of Airbus internal inquiries. But I find it hard to believe suddenly all the rules got broken because ADAT came along. It was at the Airbus headquarters, it was an Airbus test pen, it was an Airbus engineer at the right-hand seat, which the report said is where control inputs were coming from. An ADAT engineer was in the left seat."

    In the run-up to the accident, the full-power engine test with wheels unchocked was testing the limits of the parking brake. As the aircraft began to move, an ADAT engineer reported the aircraft was moving. According to the flight recorder, at that point the pedal brake was applied and the parking brake deactivated, said Mr Kaminski-Morrow. Finally, the steering wheel was turned to avoid crashing into the test-pen wall, but that had the opposite effect as it instead reduced the braking pressure.
    As noted in that report, an Airbus technician who occupied the right-hand seat in the cockpit was in charge of the ground testing; an aeronautical technician from an independent maintenance company (GAMCO) and an Airbus flight test engineer (who occupied the left-hand cockpit seat and jump seat, respectively) "had no specific function in the aircraft handling." After the aircraft's engines were restarted for a run at high power in an attempt to find the origin of some oil leaks, the GAMCO technician called the plane's forward motion to the attention of the Airbus technician, and it was the latter who acted on the airplane's brake pedals and then released the parking brake.

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    Agree the story is full of BS. Back in the 90's I worked flight test and delivery for MD11 and had my engine run cert. Every time we needed a full power run the craft was towed or taxied to the end of the runway with full access for takeoff and all systems were ready for a brake failure. We had one instance where our home base Mojave the runway has closed for paving and we shuttled to Bakerfield for some new flight test engines to be installed talk about a big aircraft at a small runway.. When we did full power runs there was a road behind the runway and we knew it would throw rocks and chunks for the runway so we had the tower get us clearance in writing as they did not want to close the road needless to say we broke 8 car windshields.. LOL...

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    Wow.
    Talk about fubar...

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    wow...makes the 'mile high' club a bit more accessible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OzarkYamMonster View Post
    I flew heavies back in the day ... believe me the manual was written for a reason. Not one thing they did from the time they arrived makes any sense. I spent some time in Saudi, back in the eighties ... back then we sold them F-15's and had to re-fuel them until they bought their own tankers. it was a FUBAR most of the time. ha Ha But $$ always won out
    It's a small world, I was in Dharan, SA for 3yrs teaching RSAF how to fix/build F100 engines for the F15's during that time frame. There was only one RSAF pilot that would do a true max rate climb. It scared the sh&t out of them.

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