Â ALWAYS READ THE MANUAL—FIRST!
Â Finally, the photos are starting to leak out. Unfortunately we don’t have the soundtrack for the Â “allhau akbar” cries yet…
Â Well, I guess you don’t need a manual Â to ride a camel.Â Coverage of the story was deemed insulting to Muslim Arabs.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Just in thanks to Mike
Â This spanking new Airbus 340-600, the 2nd largest
Â passenger airplane ever built, sits just outside its hangar
Â in Toulouse , France without a single hour of airtime.
Â Enter the Arab flight crew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies Â (ADAT) to conduct pre-delivery tests on the ground, such aÂ engine run-ups prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in AbuÂ Â Dhabi .
Â The ADAT crew taxied the A340-600 to the run-up area.
Â Then they took all four engines to take-off power with a
Â virtually empty aircraft. Not having read the run-up manuals, Â they had no clue just how light an empty A340-600 really is.
Â The take-off warning horn was blaring away in the cockpit
Â because they had all 4 engines at full power. The aircraft’s
Â computers thought they were trying to take off but it had not
Â been configured properly (flaps, slats, etc..)
Then, one of the ADAT crew decided to pull the circuit-breaker Â on the Ground Proximity Sensor to silence the alarm. ThisÂ fools the aircraft into thinking it is in the air.
Â The computers automatically released all the brakes and
Â set the aircraft rocketing forward.
Â The ADAT crew had no idea that this is a safety feature
Â so that pilots can’t land with the brakes on.
Â Not one member of the seven-man Arab crew was smart
Â enough to throttle back the engines from their max powerÂ
Â setting, Â so the $200 million brand-new Aircraft crashed into a blastÂ Â barrier, totaling it.
Â The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown due to the
Â news blackout in the major media in France and elsewhere.
Â Coverage of the story was deemed insulting to Muslim Arabs.
Â Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.