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    Jumbo jet splits in two as it tries to take-off

    These pictures capture the moment a jumbo jet soared off a runway and split into two.
    The accident happened as the cargo plane tried to take off at Brussels' Zaventem airport.
    The plane narrowly escaped landing on a railway line as it came crashing onto the tarmac.
    The Boeing 747's five crew all escaped via an inflatable emergency slide on the American Kalitta plane on Sunday.


    More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...tries-off.html

    I'm wasn't planning to fly this year anyway . . .

    it was going from Brussels to Bahrain, so in my opinion, the incident happened in the safest place.

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    I haven't read the article yet, but what in the hell???

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    Oh, it was a cargo plane. I bet they didn't have the weight evenly distributed or something shifted during take-off. At least it happened while they were still close to the ground.

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    passenger plane would = lots of dead peeps.

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    Those are amazing pictures, adnoid. Thanks.

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    I'm not planning on flying this year either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adnoid View Post
    I did last week, and I will again next week!

    I'm just kidding. (Although those pictures make me a bit nervous.)

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    Here's a really dumb question, but I'm curious. Do they repair a plane like that or do they stop using it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adnoid View Post
    It's not a dumb question at all. It all depends on the economics, of course. This one you'll next see as a beer can.

    Here are some photos of another 747 screwup:

    http://www.airdisaster.com/photos/sa747/photo.shtml

    This one was scrapped as well.

    In this case, the ground crew decided to taxi it to the gate and only started the two inboard engines. They then forgot to route the power to the steering and brakes, as a result once they got going they had no steering or brakes. They drove it straight into a monsoon drainage channel. No raises this year, fellas.
    um, if it were a passenger jet, there would be no way in heck i'd fly in it. i'd bet good money that you'd be hard pressed to find another pilot to fly it if it were repaired.

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    I'm sorry but I'm laughing at "when the crew lost directional control of the plane". I know it's not really funny, but what does that mean in laymen's terms?!


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    Ah, I see. So it's not like someone took their hand off of the "steering wheel" while they were taking it down the runway. The plane's controls lost functionality?

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    I can't find a link in English, but just read in a Dutch newspaper http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/4...pentuig__.html
    that the Kalitta planes were already being watched extra close, because they are very old. According to this article, Kalitta Air supposedly also only does minimal maintenance on their planes. And to top it off - Kalitta Air makes hundreds of flights a year loaded with... ammunition, weapons and other warfare... a lot of times for the US ministry of defense!



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