THE TALE OF THE ARAB FLIGHT CREW
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,
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
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
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,
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
Moslem Arabs. Finally, the photos are starting to leak out: