Friday, December 05, 2008

Etihad Airplane Crashed!

With recession setting in, many countries have to cut down on training or war exercise. To avoid any ridicule from the citizens, air force armies in the world may just have to resort to mock trainings.

What to do? Hopefully this two fighter pilots will adapt to the real sky when required.


Airlines are trying to cut cost in whatever form. As a result, aircraft crews may not be trained properly to handle a sophisticated aircraft.

News leaked out in year Nov 2007 from the state of the art Airbus Technical Aircraft-on-ground Centre (AIRTAC) in Toulouse, France - 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 15 November 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 take-off 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 take-off 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.). Then one of the ADAT crew decided to pull the circuit breaker on the Ground Proximity Sensor to silence the alarm.

This fooled the aircraft into thinking it was 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 power20setting, so the $200 million brand-new aircraft crashed into a blast barrier, totalling 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 Arabs. Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.....

Realising the big effect on the airline, Etihad Airways has set out new year resolutions for year 2008.

The new year resolutions paid off really well and it shows. Just for year 2008, major travel / airline awards poured in for them.

Hahahahahahaha ......... caught you! Every part of this blog post is real including the air crash except for the main story depicting how it happened.

You have to read this piece of news - Etihad says Toulouse crash will not slow route growth - Gulf News to understand the real story.

Tags: Air Force, Airbus 340-600, AIRTAC, Airbus Technical Aircraft-on-ground Centre, Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, ADAT, Abu Dhabi, Toulouse, France, Ground Proximity Sensor, Arab, Travel Award, Airline Award

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6 Comments:

Blogger TZ said...

Dude, how's life in Sudan so far? I'm going to go back to Uganda next weekend :-)

The air clash is so bad... I got a shock when we landed in Aids Ababa, Etiopia and Entebbe, Uganda... the emirate pilot was sucks the whole plant is touchdown the runway and come up again then touchdown again... the plant was shaky due to unstable landing. It was the scariest moment... :(

05 December, 2008 10:24  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

tz - that indeed is a frightening experience ....... what were you thinking of then ......

06 December, 2008 01:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not simply tell the truth about this incident? Who made up these lies? It's wrong from the start - the Airbus 340-600 never was "the largest passenger airplane ever built". A very simple fact (yes FACT) that could easily have been verified. As for the rest - pure fantasy.

Fact: The incident took place at an Airbus testing facility while the aircraft was under the control of an Airbus engineer.

04 March, 2009 07:00  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

anon - where are u from? attached to adat? well, if u do a google search, this piece of news has flooded the whole world with various stories

04 March, 2009 22:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Etihad airways ... give me a break! They are new, have appalling delays in my experience, poor customer service, cheap food, poor maintenance, and many unhappy passengers... thats why they offer such cheap fares ... they have lots of empty seats to fill! doesnt surprise me that they cannot fly aircraft either!!

19 March, 2009 05:16  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

anon - i have tried etihad once, i.e. kl/abu dhabi/kl. everything went right for me on those 2 flights

23 March, 2009 04:43  

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