How to scrap a brand new aircraft.

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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)
on November 15, 2007 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 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.


 
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That's what happens when the modern world meets the old world. Typical, in today's world, that there's a news blackout, the truth hurts too much.
 
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French airplane and software engineering - vs - Arab flight crew.

Sort of hard to figure out which one would be most likely the cause of this accident.
 

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Well, look on the bright side, the fixed barrier (Maginot Line) held this time... [rofl]
It held the first time. The Germans couldn't get through it.

So they went around it. Turns out the turrets couldn't reverse direction...
 

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When I saw this thread line I started thinking "I bet its a scarebus" even before I clicked on it. [laugh]

-Mike
 
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