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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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he 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..)
 

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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.
 

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The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown due to the 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.




Airbus $200 million aircraft meets retaining wall and the wall wins
 
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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.
I was going to say, the Airbus A380 is the biggest passenger plane, and thought the 747 was bigger than the 340?
 
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They'll probably just do a cut-and-shut. Looks ok at the back, they just need another one to be reversed into a wall. :cool: No problemo!
New composite bonnet, couple of wings, it'll be grand to fly again!

If they do break it, I'll have the window wiper control box, door seal, a jet engine and maybe the tyres if the tread is ok for the GTV ;)
 

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Sorry to burst the anti-Arab bubble, but that happened about 18 months ago; and aside from the redneck reporting style, the incident report is incorrect.

I was in Toulouse when that happened and I know a bit more about what went on than whoever wrote that rubbish.

Obviously I can't go into the details as it would be classed as a media leak and I would end up in the smelly stuff but suffice to say that is garbage. Strangely enough, I did receive the same thing on email last week so it must be doing the rounds...
 

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Cool, I work for the airline who's seats are the second and third attatchments! :cool:

That incident at Toulouse with the Etihad aircraft is pretty scary! :eek:
 
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