This new Airbus 340-600, the largest passenger airplane ever built, sits just outside it's hangar in Toulouse, France, without a single hour of airtime on the clock...
Enter the Arab flight crew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to conduct pre-delivery tests on the ground, such as engine run-ups prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi. 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 take-off 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 take off, but the flaps/slats had not been configured properly...
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 - with the following result...
The Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technology 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 thought to throttle back the engines from their max power setting, so the £200 million aircraft crashed into a blast barrier, totalling it.
The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown due to the news blackout in the local media.
Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.
£200 million aircraft meets wall. Wall wins.
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If I cannot fly, let me sing. - Stephen Sondheim
There is no flying without wings. - French Proverb
To elude by flight is a glorious victory. - Horace
Wishing to be a bird so you can Fly Away. - Unknown
Give your stress wings and let it fly away. - Gerri Guillemets
Never eat spinach just before going on the air. - Dan Rather
Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness. - Alejandro Jodorowsky
Do what is right, even if you're flying solo. - Unknown
Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly. - Unknown
Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. - G K Chesterton
People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing. - Will Rogers
As the velocity of air increases, its pressure decreases. - Daniel Bernoulli
Don't be scared to fly along. Find a path that is your own. - Unknown
Flying without feathers is not easy; my wings have no feathers. - Plautus
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It is now possible for a flight attendant to get a pilot pregnant. - Richard J. Ferris
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. - Steven Wright
We laugh, we cry, we make time fly. We are best friends, my mom and I. - Unknown
Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first. - Unknown
With birds flying around, man's desire for having wings rises to infinite. - Mehmet M Ildan
Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport photo. - Al Gore
A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal. - American Proverb
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Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. - Lanston Hughes
She would stay there, flying across the sea like a mermaid with wings, until the end. - Natalia Marx
We breathe air, trees make air, homework kills trees, therefore homework is going to kill us all. - Unknown
Caesar dreamed that he was flying above the clouds, and now that he was clasping the hand of Jupiter. - Suetonius
I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly. I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky. - Unknown
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. - Henry Ford
The only people flying to Europe will be terrorists, so it will be, "Will you be sitting in armed or unarmed?" - Robin Williams
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know so it goes flying anyway. - Mary Kay Ash
He who would learn to fly on day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. - Epictetus
It's better to swim in the sea below
Than to swing in the air and feed the crow,
Says jolly Ned Teach of Bristol. - Benjamin Franklin
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If the "black box" flight recorder is never damaged during a plane crash, why isn't the whole airplane made out of that stuff? - George Carlin
Pilots take no special joy in walking: pilots like flying. Pilots generally take pride in a good landing, not in getting out of the vehicle. - Neil Armstrong
This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. - Rumi
Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. - Victor Hugo