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One very lucky crew and pax here. I just got the picture and don't know why this happened,look at the fence underneath the main gear,it's gone !! This happened out of Schipol Amsterdam and I would imagine they were pretty heavy if they( Eva Air ) was off to there home town  Tapei. Dang, I would have Sh!t myself if I was onboard that machine.



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Thanks , I went and checked it out, I thought these guys had a close shave here.................good to hear it was just another take-off.

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There's a email about a 340-600 crashing, with pics, any truth in the story?20100525_114627_etihad.jpg


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 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 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, totaling 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.



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


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There's your answer, Latentree.


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What ever floats your boat. A few weeks ago ago it was tribute to a strip club owner and his cars,maybe next week to the new bowling field opening in Soweto.

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Wow, looks  like a few airline guys learned an expensive lesson,

skoolgeld, soos ons s?.


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