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SQ A380 off paved surface in Singapore

Old 11th Jan 2008, 10:51
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So it was being towed along the runway was it?! Do the media not realise the very significant between a runway and the rest of the paved areas?
No they do not.
They never have.
I seriously doubt they ever will.
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 10:59
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For all the ones thinking that the crew should have applied brakes, I recommend a refresher course...
I don't think we fundamentally disagree, but I repeat what I said earlier
... the best way is by applying a small amount of power, but if the engines haven't been started, gentle braking is the only way.
Maybe you suggest that it is better to roll down a steep slope and / or run into another aircraft as a way of stopping the aircraft?
In this case, with the added weight of the towbarless tractor attached, there may even have been less risk of standing it on its tail using light braking.

As always, the decision must rest with the Captain if braking is to be used, to say it should never be used is wrong, imho.
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 11:02
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According to SKY news the aircraft crashed into an orphanage and there was only one survivor, a young girl by the name of ma de ling who will go on to to be the youngest female president ever beating Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Uzi Schwarzenegger by one vote!
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 11:34
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According to SKY news the aircraft crashed into an orphanage and there was only one survivor, a young girl by the name of ma de ling who will go on to to be the youngest female president ever beating Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Uzi Schwarzenegger by one vote!
Today 10:59
Class! Raised a wry smile

CNN reporting that the A380 "VEERED" off the runway.

Accurate & truthful press reporting to the fore . Its a nothing story
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 11:47
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Is this the time to note that SQ took delivery of their second A380 today?
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 12:43
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Its interesting that the original news report quoted in #3 is not of the passengers-screaming-in-terror variety.
Why? Because the news media are controlled by the same government as the airline - bad press not permitted.
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 13:32
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The pics of the A380 from the link in post #17 showed skid marks from the tires. So the brakes were applied?
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 13:34
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I have had two similar incidents. One on a heavy tri-jet while starting the first engine during pushback, with a ground engineer who spoke very poor English - it was the sight of the tug driving away that caused us concern, not the excited pleas from the ground, and the second in a B747-200 which suffered a tow-pin shear during pushback, again with the first engine winding up. In both cases gentle braking brought the aircraft to a stop without the nose-gear becoming airborne.
Some a/c use reverse thrust to power back - do the pilots use braking or forward thrust to come to a stop? The VC10 was able to power back, but banned because of the noise - ah the sound of 4 Conways!
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 13:53
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Don't look like skid marks to me. Simply residue left by tyres of a HEAVY aircraft.
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 16:50
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For all the ones thinking that the crew should have applied brakes, I recommend a refresher course...by Hunter58
I don't think I need a refresher course, I'm not flying the A380, I had a tow bar break on the A320 and applying the brakes averted the aircraft from striking another aircraft, boy did I screw up.
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 17:35
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How can I distort the truth when I saw it with my very own eyes? The aircraft had its rear wheels off the taxiway. I made no mention of how it got there so can't quite see where you're going with that response.

As for that last paragraph...........
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 18:23
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 19:44
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Sorry Hunter58, Stoney Bridge Radar said "no wheels in the mud" and BYMONEK did not comment about the events that got those wheels in the mud.

Do you read too fast or just project what you want to read?

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Old 11th Jan 2008, 20:01
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The pics above were taken from the front of the wing looking towards the rear, as the wing gear is slightly ahead of the body ones.

I used to do power backs in ATPs and they most definitely used a touch of forward thrust to stop them. You made sure your feet were on the floor beofre starting too.

I do agree a light braking action is preferable to taking out another aircraft, even if you do sit yourself on your tail. The damage of one lower tail skin compared to a second hull and the possibilities of injury therein is far less appealing than the post event telling off....
 
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It also depends if your aircraft is typically 'nose-heavy' or 'tail-heavy'.

A few years ago a belt that secures the nosewheel on a cradle-type tug broke during a pushback. I was flying CRJ's at the time and it sent the plane rolling backwards while the tug remained where it stopped. Since the plane's CG was always at the forward limit (so much so we often had to carry ballast), I applied brakes and we stopped before the grass.

I wouldn't try that on every aricraft though.
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 21:58
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"Those who fail to read the newspaper are uninformed. Those who read the newspaper are misinformed" Mark Twain
Especially when it pertains to technical issues such as aircraft accidents and incidents. During the reporting of the Alaska Airlines flight 291 accident a few years back, the local media (print and electronic) made several futile attempts (over two days) to explain how the MD-80 horizontal trim system worked. John Nance finally set the record straight for them.
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 22:49
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What they need is Joe Patroni from the original Airport Movie. He'd get it out of the mud, no problem.

What is the recovery procedure for something that big? I'm guessing that dragging it out by the nosewheel isn't a good idea. Do they stuff an airbag under the wing and then put something solid under the wheels?
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Old 11th Jan 2008, 22:57
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Well, having just returned from SIN, here are my observations.

Large double decker aircraft with its rear wheels off the taxiway and most definately 'stuck' in the mud. Taxiway by T3 closed hence required to taxi the long way round from the 'CHARLIE' stands to depart from RW02L. Lots of flashing orange lights and vehicles surrrounding A380 as we sped off down the runway.

Sorry stoneybridge, but a poor attempt at a cover up.
No cover up whatsoever.

Aircraft most definitely was not stuck in mud.

Being the nature and newness of the beast, aircraft was left in situ for Airbus and SIA tecchies to go over before being towed back onto hard top and being signed off.

Aircraft operated today's SIA 221 as normal, on time, and no terrified passengers saying they would rather pull their teeth than fly on the death ship....but of course, there's no news in the real version of events.

Sorry BYMONEK, but your rebuttal was hollow, and whilst your account may gain credence by the fact it was an eye witness report, sadly your assimilation and subjective view of what you saw fell short of actual reality.

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Old 11th Jan 2008, 23:19
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It may not be stuck in mud, but it sure has 8 wheels on the green, and some brown and green stuff reaching all the way up to the rims (and beyond) on some of them...
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Old 12th Jan 2008, 02:19
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Aircraft most definitely was not stuck in mud.
Are you sure?

Sure looks like mud to me. Well grass then. Muddy grass maybe? Most certainly off the pavement.

On reflection, most definitely stuck in the mud.
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