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Airbus 'grounded' on maiden flight

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The computers automatically released all the brakes, and set the aircraft rocketing forward - with the following result...

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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.

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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.

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The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown due to the news blackout in the local media.

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Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.

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£200 million aircraft meets wall. Wall wins.

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Owning a drone does not a pilot make. - Alex Morritt

On wings of wind came flying all abroad. - Alexander Pope

To elude by flight is a glorious victory. - Horace

The press is like the air, a chartered libertine. - William Pitt The Elder

Do what is right, even if you're flying solo. - Unknown

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly. - Unknown

People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing. - Will Rogers

I'm not afraid of flying, I'm afraid of not flying. - Unknown

What air is to the body, to feel understood is to the heart. - Stephen Covey

Germany may have recovered a flying saucer as early as 1939. - Jimmy Doolittle

If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down. - Roy T Bennett

Flying without feathers is not easy; my wings have no feathers. - Plautus

The sky is the limit only for those who aren't afraid to fly. - Bob Bello

The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Live in the sunshine
Swim in the sea
Drink the wild air - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is now possible for a flight attendant to get a pilot pregnant. - Richard J. Ferris

This is perfect weather for today's game. Not a breath of air. - Curt Gowdy

We all thought we'd have flying cars by now, but we don't. - Dana Brunetti

If the lambs were flying, wolves would have also the wings to fly. - Mehmet M Ildan

Our Air Corps reunion was held to rememmorate the great things we done. - Archie Bunker

Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. - Henry David Thoreau

With birds flying around, man's desire for having wings rises to infinite. - Mehmet M Ildan

If God had intended us to fly he would have made it easier to get to the airport. - Jonathan Winters

In the dark days of your life, you will need the wings of hope to continue flying. - Mehmet M Ildan

My tent doesn't look like much but it is air-conditioned and has exceptional location. - Fennel Hudson

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly; devils fall because of their gravity. - G K Chesterton

Lawyers are like foxes, small and innocuous, but all the time stealthily sniffing the air. - Michael O'Sullivan

We breathe air, trees make air, homework kills trees, therefore homework is going to kill us all. - Unknown

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. - Plato

A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still. - Samuel Johnson

There is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require. - Edward Elgar

Concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of fight or flight mode. - Melanie Haiken

The only people flying to Europe will be terrorists, so it will be, "Will you be sitting in armed or unarmed?" - Robin Williams

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 understanding must not therefore be supplied with wings, but rather hung with weights, to keep it fro leaping and flying. - Francis Bacon

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. - Henry David Thoreau

You can not prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair. - Chinese Proverb

Sloth is the failure to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done - like the kamikaze pilot who flew seventeen missions. - John Ortberg

If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of twenty-two, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation. - Tom Stoppard

The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? It is the same the angels breathe. - Mark Twain


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