Aircraft Meets Retaining wall- Truth! & Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
eRumor claiming to be written by To The Point News about a brand new Airbus A340-600 that crashed into a retaining wall on a pre-delivery test. The aircraft crew were all Arabs from
Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies and when one of them shut off a warning alarm it caused the computer to shut off the brakes while the plane was at full throttle.
There was an aircraft accident but it did not happen in the manner described in the email. According to a safety article written on November 16, 2007 for Aviation.com the Aircraft did loose control and hit a blast wall and the French air accident investigation authority opened an investigation to rule out pilot error. At the time of our investigation there was no report posted.
A brand new Airbus A340-600 just painted in Etihad Airways’ colors was being readied for delivery in November 2007. The jet was at the manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France and undergoing some pre-delivery tests. It was to be delivered to the Abu Dhabi-based airline the following week. Nine crew members were on board, one of whom was an employee of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, a service provider to Etihad Airways. The nationalities and affiliations of the other crew members have not been revealed. .
According to the article, “During the engine run-up test, the aircraft’s landing gear jumped over the chocks wedged against its tires to hold the A340-600 in place — along with its brakes — against the propulsive force developed by its four Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines. At maximum takeoff power, the A340-600’s four engines develop a total 224,000 pounds of thrust.” The aircraft ran over a blast fence, causing causing extensive damage. Five of the nine people onboard were injured, including the employee from Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies.
Attribution of this particular eRumor claiming to be from To The Point News is fiction! The story did appear on the To the Point News web site, but the writer of this eRumor slanted it to be insulting to Arabs..
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Subject: Aircraft meets retaining wall
Airbus $200 million aircraft meets retaining wall and the wall wins….
How stupid can you get? Well, this Arab flight crew will show you. Photos show total destruction of a $200million aircraft, brand new off the assembly line. THE TALE OF THE ARAB
FLIGHT CREW 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 Muslim Arabs.
Finally,the photos are starting to leak out…
Maybe they should stick to camels