Brand spanking new Airbus 340-600, one of the largest passenger
airplanes ever built
This brand spanking new Airbus 340-600, one of the largest passenger
airplanes ever built, sits just outside its hangar in Toulouse,
France without a single hour of airtime.
Enter the 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.
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 take off, but it had not been configured properly
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 crew was smart enough to
throttle back the engines from their max power setting, so the $350
million brand-new aircraft crashed into a blast barrier, totalling it.
One French Airbus: $350 million dollars
Untrained Flight Crew: $300,000 Annual Salary
Unread Operating Manual: $300
Aircraft meets retaining wall and the wall wins: