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THE TALE OF THE ARAB FLIGHT CREW
from To The Point News
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The brand spanking new Airbus 340-600, the largest passenger airplane ever built, sat in its hangar in Toulouse, France without a single hour of airtime. Enter the Arab flight crew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to conduct pre-delivery tests on the ground, such as engine runups, prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi. The date was November 15, 2007.
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 takeoff but it had not been configured properly (flaps/slats, etc.) 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 Arab crew was smart enough to throttle back the engines from their max power setting, so the $80 million brand-new aircraft crashed into a blast barrier, totaling it.
The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown, for there has been a news blackout in the major media in France and elsewhere. Coverage of the story was deemed insulting to Moslem Arabs. Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.
[NOTE: An $80 million dollar loss ain't so bad, when you can make it up quickly with the skyrocketing price of crude oil*.]
*State-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) spreads its wings over the United Arab Emirates (UAE), accounting for 94% of its 97.8 billion barrels of proved oil reserves, the fourth-largest national reserves in the world behind Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait. It also has proved reserves of 196.1 trillion cu. ft. of natural gas. The ADNOC group includes exploration and production companies, support companies, maritime crude oil transport companies, and a refined-product distribution company that operates more than 200 UAE service stations. In 2007 the company acquired international power assets worth $1.4 billion from ABB and CMS Energy.
Officers:Chairman of Supreme Petroleum Counsel: His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. CEO and Secretary General to the Supreme Petroleum Council: His Excellency Yousef Omair Bin Yousef. Deputy CEO and Director Exploration and Production: Abdulla Nasser Al-Suwaidi
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