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The Tale of the Arab Flight Crew

Coverage of the story wasdeemed insulting to Moslem Arabs, which explains why news of this incident is just coming out.

The brand spanking new Airbus 340-600, the largest passengerairplane ever built, sat in its hangar in Toulouse, France without a singlehour of airtime.  Enter the Arab flightcrew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to conduct pre-delivery tests onthe ground, such as engine runups, prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in AbuDhabi. 

The date was November 15, 2007.
The ADAT crew taxied the A340-600 to the run-up area. Thenthey took all four engines to takeoff power with a virtually emptyaircraft.  Not having read the run-upmanuals, they had no clue just how light an empty A340-600 really is.

The takeoff warning horn wasblaring away in the cockpit because they had all 4 engines at full power. Theaircraft computers thought they were trying to takeoff but it had not beenconfigured properly (flaps/slats, etc.) Then one of the ADAT crew decided topull the circuit breaker on the Ground Proximity Sensorto silence the alarm.

This fools the aircraft intothinking it is in the air.

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2008-08-27

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