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Etihad flight delayed 20hrs due wrong tow bar

Old 4th Aug 2016, 15:51
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Using reverse to back up the aircraft may be prohibited in the AFM. An old copy of a 747-400 AFM with PW4056 engines I have states in LIMITATIONS that "Backing the airplane using reverse thrust is prohibited."
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Old 8th Aug 2016, 03:00
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I know that some models of A310 have different towbar attachment points. I seem to remember SU A310s were the oddball ones.

Also From what I remember, the B747 had towbar attachment points on the rear of the landing gear, identical to the ones in front which could be used in extremis.
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Old 8th Aug 2016, 04:49
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Didn't a Qantas guy overcook a donk in Damascus when he tried to reverse a 747?
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Mid seventies.Very snowy/icy Gatwick.V delayed BCAL Lagos service.Schedule 1200 .Flt called about 1500 .Crew muttering about hours etc.B707 sitting on centre finger stand sans jetty (iced up ).One set of deiced steps at front.Pax passed from one Pax agent to another in a chain.Ramp not deiced. Doors closed tug attempts p/back.Wheels spin much smoke (tyres) No mvt observed but much noise.3 more goes,tyres of tug looking dodgy.No luck.Tug disconnects.Lots of chatter on headset from Cpt to tuggie.Tuggie moves away.Cpt sticks head out of window waves all away.Engines start.Incredible noise.Staff moved away from gate windows.Success as a/c edges into taxiway.One
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