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Old 29th Apr 2013, 17:39
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Saudi Airline B777-300

Does anyone hear something about incident on a B777-300 of Saudi Airline today ? Tow bar broken and pushback crashed...

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Old 29th Apr 2013, 18:31
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The article is a true gem of well informed aviation journalism, but the photo speaks for itself:

Saudi jet aborts take-off after accident on runway - Emirates 24/7

One does wonder though how that happened during push-BACK ?

Love that bit about "hitting a pole on a runway near the airport"

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Old 29th Apr 2013, 19:13
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“The accident caused panic among the passengers mainly among women and children''

Queue the music from Titanic
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Old 29th Apr 2013, 19:42
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The problem is obvious as they were pushing on a chain.

So much for R&N
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Old 29th Apr 2013, 20:01
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A/C involved is HZ-AK16 their newest 777-300ER.

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By the look of it, poor push-back wallah's first (and very likely last) attempt at trying out anything bigger and more powerful than a three wheel scooter...
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A Saudi passenger aircraft aborted takeoff in the Gulf Kingdom after hitting a pole on the runway (...)
If they just would remove those poles on the runway!
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 01:32
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Yes, judging by the tire tracks, looks like the pedal was to the metal on the tug,it snapped off, and slammed the tug right into the nacelle. Look at the tire tracks right under the engine. I don't see any poles around.

Maybe he mistook the gas pedal for the parking brake?

That is not gonna be cheap, gonna take a lot of speed tape to patch it up.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 03:29
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Maybe it was lost in translation?

Did you see the links on the right hand side of that webpage/

This was my favourite: Saudia aircraft takes off just before landing - Emirates 24/7
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A/C involved is HZ-AK16 their newest 777-300ER.
Actually AK17 is the newest one, but that got damaged by Boeing and is still pending delivery.
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That tyre mark clearly seen in the pic looks suspiciously like it could have been caused by a tug with the brake on being pushed by an aircraft!
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 07:59
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Well the torque and axial shear pins seem to have done their job! Presumably the tow head is still attached to the u/c.
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More unconfirmed chat on the subject here at breakfast in JED this morning........

The engine went into full power during pushback and the tug got 'sucked' into the engine nacelle. The driver managed to jump clear.

How he wasn't then sucked into the engine was not discussed.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 10:07
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That may have happened, there looks like what may be a skid mark behind the inboard main gear. Hard to tell from this photo though.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 12:12
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more gems from the other 24/7 go-around report.

The passengers said they had kept their hands on their heart for half an hour after the plane took off suddenly just seconds before landing
hahaha ...cmon man at least talk to a Microsoft FS pilot to get some aviation facts.
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Some of them said they would complain to the Airlines for the pilot’s failure to apologize or give any explanation for this maneuver
yes, next time no takeoffs before landings please , they are so wrong
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Actually AK17 is the newest one, but that got damaged by Boeing and is still pending delivery.
In that case it still belongs to Boeing, so AK16 is the newest one, until money is handed over.
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By the look of it, poor push-back wallah's first (and very likely last) attempt at trying out anything bigger and more powerful than a three wheel scooter...
Yup, couldn't be any other reason. Blame the 'wallah', problem solved.

Oh wait...

More unconfirmed chat on the subject here at breakfast in JED this morning........

The engine went into full power during pushback and the tug got 'sucked' into the engine nacelle. The driver managed to jump clear.

How he wasn't then sucked into the engine was not discussed.
Ah!

Still, never let the truth (whatever it is) get in the way of a good story eh?
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The engine went into full power during pushback and the tug got 'sucked' into the engine nacelle. The driver managed to jump clear.
not likely

the pressure drop (sucking power at full thrust) is too low to accelerate a heavy tug over that distance to enough velocity to produce the damage in the photo to the inlet.

More likely it was the tug under power
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Saudi jet aborts take-off after accident on apron
If one were to take this newspaper statement at face value, it looks like tea and biscuits, absent both tea and biscuits, for the pilot who tried to take off from an apron.
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Yes, judging by the tire tracks, looks like the pedal was to the metal on the tug,it snapped off, and slammed the tug right into the nacelle. Look at the tire tracks right under the engine. I don't see any poles around.

Maybe one of those two guys, at the wheels, is Polish.
 

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