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Old 16-11-2007, 01:54 PM   #1
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Default Another A360 “oopssy-daisy” ….

An Airbus A340-600 due to be delivered to Etihad Airways jumped its chocks during an engine test at Toulouse yesterday. The nose went up and through a blast fence. Five persons were injured…
What?...a USD 200+ million aircraft with no airbags?
Not funny though!

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Old 16-11-2007, 03:19 PM   #2
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For a moment I thought it was a model diorama, then I realized it was for real. Someone's head gonna role!!
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Old 16-11-2007, 03:30 PM   #3
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Yeah, it was on the news last night. There were only nine people on board.
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Old 16-11-2007, 04:21 PM   #4
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... but it passed the engine test!
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Old 16-11-2007, 06:55 PM   #5
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Funny, ostrein!

So, basically, this jet is now scrap, right? Can they salvage the two engines we see in the photo? Judging by the apparent location of the port wing in relation to the wall, I'd guess both portside engines got damaged. And just where is the nose of the craft?
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Old 16-11-2007, 07:38 PM   #6
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There's another pic shown here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7098547.stm

Shows where the nose is...they were lucky to get out alive with damage like that.
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Old 16-11-2007, 07:50 PM   #7
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Default A lousy month for the A340-640...

What a waste…..and just a week after this other brand new A340-600 “mishap” in Quito/Ecuador (this one was full of passengers, thankfully no-one suffered injuries).



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Old 16-11-2007, 07:58 PM   #8
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ouch!that gotta hurt
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Old 16-11-2007, 09:12 PM   #9
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there goes the pilots no-claims bonus. wouldn't like to pay his next insurance bill!
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Old 16-11-2007, 10:53 PM   #10
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Old 17-11-2007, 04:28 AM   #11
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Oh man, the insurance companies are going to LOVE this one...NOT!!!

I may have to check my FAA FAR AIM book to see if a plane getting in a wreck like that is classified as a "crash" or not since the plane didn't leave the ground (at least most of it did not anyway). Someone's head isn't just going to roll, it is going to get shrunk and put on the mantle place with a sign under it saying "Don't end up like this idiot!"
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Old 17-11-2007, 11:12 AM   #12
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Lucky in both instances that no one was injured.
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Old 17-11-2007, 11:26 AM   #13
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I believe they're were injuries. They just weren't killed. My car never leaves the ground (well, rarely) but if I hit something my insurance company call it a crash.
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Old 17-11-2007, 12:48 PM   #14
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In that case, I will amend my last reply to 'Lucky in both instances that no one was killed or seriously injured'.
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Old 17-11-2007, 02:02 PM   #15
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Default More than just amazing....

Indeed more than just amazing, this one can be classified as a true miracle! This Air France A340-313X skidded off the runway (Aug. 2005), under horrendous downpour, after landing with 309 passengers at Toronto YYZ.
Except for the insurance adjusters, everyone was happy about how this turned out: not a single fatality!

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Old 17-11-2007, 07:27 PM   #16
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Why don't I want to fly on one of these Airbuses!!!!!? This is not good advertising
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Old 17-11-2007, 07:45 PM   #17
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I wouldn’t totally blame these incidents on the planes…but rather on the sometime poor human judgment...like some pilots that insist on landing under extremely rough weather; this was the case of that Air France A340 in YYZ and also, very recently, what happened to that MD-82 that skidded-off the runway during landing in Phuket (89 fatalities out 130 passengers…)

Regardless of all this, to fly is still the safest way to travel, and I love it! BTW, BA FAs are the cutest and friendliest...they kneeeeel beside you when you ring that handy red button….
Boy I'm so vain...

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Old 17-11-2007, 09:20 PM   #18
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Yeah you are vain.

And yes, BA flight attendants are indeed great. Its just their ground crews and ticket counter reps that scare me a bit when they pull the occassional strike at Heathrow, grounding flights for a couple days in the process. Sounds like they've been taking lessons from Royal Mail (or vice versa).
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Old 17-11-2007, 09:37 PM   #19
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I recall being in the VIP departure lounge in Muscat (Seeb, I think) and one of Oman Air's FA's came over to me to ask if I needed anything. She was absolutely stunning - 5' 9" and graceful with flawless, olive skin - but with blue eyes. I've never been lost for words but for a moment I was like a rabbit in headlights.
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Old 17-11-2007, 09:41 PM   #20
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Default Glad I'm not the only one!

Boy you are so vain! D
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