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Brand new Etihad A340-600 damaged in Toulouse; several wounded

Old 15th Nov 2007, 23:29
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I'm interested in the time duration to duplicate this accident vs the sequence of failures.

I assume that at the initiation point that the aircraft is sitting on its brakes at near full thrust. then something happens to the brakes and it starts rolling. Why can't you just chop the engines in 5 secs or so and that would be enough to keep it from going that far over a barrier in front of you. And that brings up another point, why is there a barrier in front instead of behind to deflect the thrust?

I really don't have any idea how they do these tests vs what could go wrong to explain the level of accident that resulted here.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 23:40
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What a shame, beautiful new jet meets its demise without ever entering service. Hopefully nobody seriously hurt. Looking at the picture of the front section it is a miracle no deaths !!

Even Rainboe says this one is a goner.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 00:00
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Did they say MSN 856? That would suggest 855 similar tests on that type alone where this didn't happen, and we don't even know what happened yet. Its a bit daft offering solutions when we don't know what the exact problem was.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 00:16
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Thumbs down A 340 Toulouse

Hard to believe parking brakes only for a static engine ground run you don't even do that with a Cessna .
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 00:26
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Not unprecedented. In 1994 a Thai Airways MD11 doing engine run ups jumped the chocks and totaled an A300-600 (also Thai Airways) at the old Don Muang Airport.

The MD11 was repaired and returned to service.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 00:31
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The 340-500/600 is probably the only aircraft that has the potential to drag an aircraft with brakes on! It is a seriously over powered machine compared to its little brother a under powered 340-300. Engine running 340 new gens at max thrust is a scary job.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 00:56
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Doesnt need to be an airbus to drag along on the brakes,years ago at hatfield we had a new hawker 800 do a similar thing.It dragged along on its brakes for a considerable distance before mounting a grass bank ripping the noseleg back crushing the fuselage like a coke can,braking the wing mounts.Basically it was a cold damp day(loads of thrust, wet ground) low fuel load,there were 2 engineers one up the rear bay adjusting engine computers for throttle stagger & one in the cockpit doing the runs.The guy in the cockpit was watching closely the gauges & became fixated with them & didn,t even realise the aircraft was moving & gaining speed till it climbed the bank.
Problem afterwards was both engines were running at 100% & they couldn,t shut them down using the conventional methods.
Yes he was asked to leave by the company.The aircraft was totalled.
So not the first time this sort of thing has happened!!
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 01:34
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Fly by Wire Brakes

The park brake handle is a switch. So are the toe brake pedals. Computer logic decides how much pressure goes to the brake system, whether you keep the park brake switch on or stand on the pegs. Today's machines have a way of fooling us that we are in control when all we are doing is managing the computers. And when they decide to revolt, you end up with this.

After 855 times, on a whim, George decided he would let BSCU release the brake pressure and at the same time let FADEC go TOGA, overriding the brake switches and thrust lever switches, just to see who actually is in control.

I have control..., I have control..., l have...
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 01:40
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In 1994 a Thai Airways MD11 doing engine run ups jumped the chocks and totaled an A300-600 (also Thai Airways) at the old Don Muang Airport.

The MD11 was repaired and returned to service.
That is certainly consistent with popular opinion concerning the build quality of Mad Dogs and Airbuses. Like a lot of us here, I've flown both.

Continental had a mishap at EWR where a 727 plowed into the terminal on an engine run. An earlier shift had positioned the throttles forward to work on one of the pilot seats. What was supposed to be an idle engine turn became a serious accident and one of the mechs was badly injured.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 02:28
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When I was last involved with Airbus deliveries, Airbus used to invite the customer's delivery team to participate in all the acceptance tests including engine run ups. The aircraft were taxied from the delivery centre to the run up area and back and the customer's ground crew even got to try their hand at taxying which may have something new for many of them. So the question perhaps should be who's hand was on the throttles (and feet on the brakes)?
All the jet aircraft I worked on could be held quite satisfactorily on the park brake. Park brake pressure is usually a lot less than than max. The brake pressure required to prevent stationary disc's from rotating is a lot less than that required to slow rotating disc's down. For instance, I seem to recall the DC8 only applied 700psi with the park brake set pressure whereas max brake pressure was 2,000psi.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 04:27
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I did several engine run up on DC8 and we were doing it on a taxiway with plenty of space in front of us SO if something happen you have plenty of room to stop the beast
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 04:44
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I wouldn't runup all 4 engines simultaneousley at full thrust during a static test; it is not necessary to do that, two engines at a time will be sufficient, especially when the airplane is empty.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 06:22
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Airbus Spokesman in French media this morning : first investigation made , cannot explain what happened, need more time. Never hapenned before , we deliver 500 a/c a year and do this 2 or 3 times a day, etc...
Need to do this in a walled box (instead as in empty space ) because of noise .
Confirmed a/c is a complete write off .
No news on the injured , mostly Etihad employees.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 06:40
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I'm not familiar with the layout of Toulouse but in all the engine-run pens I've ever used over the years you parked the aircraft tail-in rather that nose-in as appears in this case.

By backing in if anything does go wrong you have a clear pan in front of you to try and correct the problem.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 07:00
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Would they have had to accelerate for some distance to cause that much damage? Doesn't look like a low speed impact. No room to turn or no steering?

Edit: Now that I think for an extra 5 seconds I guess parking it against a wall might be the best option if they can't stop it.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 07:06
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No need to stand on the brakes when doing a high power EGR on the A340, just have them covered. Done an A346 aircraft acceptance EGR at high power in that very bay. Only had about 20T of fuel on so trying to read the Eng parameters at max chat was interesting. There was part of the acceptance that requiered to have all 4 at high power at the same time, but can't remember why.
As for not pointing it at the wall, high by-pass engines when being run at high power with the aircraft stationary need to be pointed into wind to prevent surging. Wind speed & direction can be quiet limiting, there is a chart in the Maint Manual with the limits and directions. Also min of 2 engines required at high power to prevent an asymetric thrust situation.
Specualtion I know, but I wonder if someone reached for the camera switch and released the parking brake instead, after all it appears to have been done the other way round on landing by China Eastern I think.
Hope the injured are OK.

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Old 16th Nov 2007, 07:18
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NO Etihad employees were on board.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 07:28
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Or into flight mode???

Hard to say what hapened at this point...

But a few years ago we had a similar accident in YVR (that's Vancouver, Canada) when doind a ground run on an A310. They only put in Line Mtce chocks during the run... (AIRBUS has special Ground Run Chocks, that can't be jumped. (I'd guess they didn't use 'em here either...). The coneheads (avionics mechanics) were messing with CB's during run and pulled a breaker that put the aircraft into flight mode...

Presto! Engines to flight idle, no reverse thrust, no brakes & no steering... It jumped the chocks so fast the mechanics in the left and right seats didn't even know what happened (they didn't even know the coney's were messing around with the CB's) They are busy trying to steer, brake, reverse -- ANYTHING... Uncontrolled taxi -- right into a ground equipment building -- hard enough to shear off 6" steel I-beams.

Over $1 million CDN damage...

If I was a betting man, I'd guess something similar happened here...

Damn! I hope those mech's/ground crew are okay...
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 07:59
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7 Etihad employees on board.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 08:07
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A daylight shot...

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