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

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  1. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    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/worldnews/article-1021949/Pictured-Jumbo-jet-splits-tries-off.html

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

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

    Taximom Former Member

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    I haven't read the article yet, but what in the hell??? :eek:
     
  3. Taximom

    Taximom Former Member

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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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    pedinurse Former Member

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    passenger plane would = lots of dead peeps.
     
  5. Taximom

    Taximom Former Member

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    Those are amazing pictures, ******. Thanks.
     
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    philamena Former Member

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    :eek:
    I'm not planning on flying this year either.
     
  7. philamena

    philamena Former Member

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

    Taximom Former Member

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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?
     
  9. pedinurse

    pedinurse Former Member

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    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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    Taximom Former Member

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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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    Taximom Former Member

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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?
     
  12. JanetElaine

    JanetElaine Well-Known Member

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    I can't find a link in English, but just read in a Dutch newspaper http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/4090437/_Kalitta_Air_vaak_vol_wapentuig__.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! :eek:
     

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