Etihad Airbus Crash Pictures

We received the following pictures in a usual forwarded email thread. They were taken at the crash sceneat the Toulouse Airbus factory shortly after an Airbus A340 crashed into a wall during ground engine testing. I tried to find out who the original photographer can be, but without success. I wanted to ask for his/her permission to publish them.

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73 Responses to “Etihad Airbus Crash Pictures”

  1. 1 Jack November 27, 2007 at 4:12 am

    Holy sweet Jesus! This is worse than I thought.

  2. 2 muafaq December 9, 2007 at 9:04 am

    see etihad

  3. 3 Frank April 28, 2008 at 10:41 am

    This is another take on the crash

    Another “Darwin Award” nominee(s)…..this team might take top awards. Full Jato X 4 and an empty plane…..


    These are pictures of the wreck of a brand new A340-600, in November 2007, that had never flown. Brand spanking new right out of the hanger, without a single hour of air time. Enter the Arab flight crew. Thank the French and their Arab friends for this bit of ‘comedy of errors’. Nine employees of the Arab airline were in the aircraft, but not one employee from French Airbus was present. The Arabs taxied out to the run-up area. Then they took all four engines to takeoff power with virtually an empty aircraft. This was their first mistake as they obviously didn’t read the run-up manuals. They had no clue just how light of an empty air bus really is.

    No chocks were set, not that it would have mattered at that power setting. The brakes will not hold it back at full power anyway. As it turns out, the takeoff 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 takeoff but it had not been configured properly (flaps/slats, etc, etc). Then one of these brain surgeons decided to pull the ‘Ground Sense’ circuit breaker to silence the alarms. This fools the aircraft into thinking it is in the air.

    That was their last mistake. As soon as they did that, the computers automatically released all the brakes and set the aircraft rocketing forward. The poor bastards had no idea that this is a Safety feature so that pilots can’t land with the brakes on. There was no time to stop and no one smart enough to throttle back the engines from their max power setting. So the rest is as you see it below. Arabs, don’t you just love ’em…………..

    Of Note: No one is talking and it didn’t make the main stream media so who knows if there were survivors. Then again who really cares, some gene pools need to be thinned out anyway.

    • 4 Shams Naqvi May 4, 2009 at 10:27 am

      Mike’s comment about gene pools that need to be thinned out belongs to the genes of Mike’s mother.

      The problem, as an experienced Muslim pilot myself who is also an MS in Aerospace Engineering and as an experienced software executive, is the design flaw in Airbus software, and their procedural errors. This is why Airbus did not publish the pictures, regardless of what gene-deficient Mike may want to think.

      First, Airbus should not have allowed inexperienced and untrained personnel onboard without trained escort. Next, to say that the software that made the onboard computers think that the airplane was in air was good can only be a figment of imagination. Mike is dead wrong if not out right brain dead. With landing gear down and airplane fully loading the landing gear, the software ought to have a corroborative check to make a critical judgment. It did not. The airplane should never release breaks regardless of what the conditions are, except under pilot control. That was the other software defect.

      Many a times planes do take off with zero flaps. such as Flaps 1 setting (slats only) on A310. Airbus changed that on planes above A320, A340, etc. For Airbus Industrie to give the plane to pilots not familiar with the design change was criminal. So Airbus did want to hide the error.

      Engine run ups at higher N1 (70% or above) / throttle prior to take off is common on many CFM engines. So not surprising if the Arab crew put it to high N1.

      The key issue was the automatic break release, for which the white, European, French, Mike’s gene pool Airbus people are only to blame.

      I recall that when an Egypt Air Boeing 747 crashed into Atlantic, just before the plane went down, the pilot said his last prayer knowing that the plane is headed into the ocean. The Boeing interprester listening to the cockpit voice recorder translated it to “Thank you God I am coming to you”, and blamed pilot for using the airplane as a suicide device. There was a major blowout, Boeing apologized.

      All European-origin people are not fools.

      Mike is.

      Captain Shams Naqvi

      • 5 Tebwah July 13, 2009 at 7:20 pm

        Yo captain…they are brakes you friggin moron…not breaks…I doubt very seriously you are a pilot or that you could navigate even an automobile ( they have brakes too ) down a road. The only breaks that happened to function on this Airbus flight was that the crew was on break and therefore they did break a $200M aircraft into a plie of garbage. What a bunch of putz’s.

      • 6 wel October 1, 2009 at 9:14 am

        they were airbus personal you idiot

      • 7 Peter October 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm

        He-he-he… I red some feedbacks from the Soviet pilots who teached their islamic “brothers”. They say that the students had a lot of problems with the “technical culture”, attitude and skills.
        So it is not a surprize than the results of the attacks of the Arab countries on the State of Israel were similar with the reviewed accident :-).

  4. 8 Mike May 20, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Frank, your an idiot for posting that. I highly doubt any of that is true and even if it was, your last comment was even more stupid. We can all think of millions of stupid mistakes done by any one of us.

  5. 9 Brian May 20, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Mike, let me point out this universal truth, “Stupid Hurts.”

  6. 10 Sal May 21, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Even if this was true, howcome was never bradcasted over the TV..?? I mean..who can be so stupid ot belive on this Bull crap..??

  7. 11 jamal May 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    i was in toulouse doing my A320 when that happined..
    frank my friend ur full of it dear..

    talking about Arab’s and stuff …tell u what my friend
    non of what u said above is true was a test very similar to what u have said and it was done by an Indian captain and 2 other French pilots and an Arab engineer and one British pilot..

    smart F… idiot

  8. 12 viola June 10, 2008 at 9:33 am

    oh my god. It is worse

  9. 13 frankisaknob June 11, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Frank you are a knob.
    “Airbus called the incident “regrettable” and said five people were injured, with three remaining hospitalized as of Friday. One is an employee of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies while the other two work for Airbus, the manufacturer said.”

    No Etihad employees were on the aircraft, and even if they were you would realise that the Arab airlines are typically NOT staffed by Arabs. The majority of their crew are from Europe and SEA.

    • 14 Bill in Kuwait November 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm

      I fly Etihad Airways frequently from Kuwait to Manila, Philippines. Almost every single pilot I have seen are European or anglo saxon descent. Etihad is a great airlines and Abu Dhabi, UAE is a premier city with an up to date and modern airport facility and civil aviation sector. The Captains and flight crews are all top notch individuals. I will continue to fly Etihad every chance I get.

  10. 15 JeanGuy78 June 21, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    All accidends have stupid bases at a moment or an other, OK.

    But F. you dont take and ASSUME your SOURCE and IDEAS.
    So you give and transmit your ‘poison’ ‘par derrière’.
    I’m sad to say that: typically a man who chooses and TRANSMITs racistes TALES when possible.
    IT’S SO FUNNY!.(the Source is Tothep.tN.. I don’t give the link of that racist presentation and TALE and racists comments, ‘Tale’ is the name of this story in that racist oriented Link.CLOWNS!
    The shame for F. and like him is that he his perhaps not concious (its finaly a question of personnal intelligence and comprehension of his entourage) of this fact.
    Our intelligence will be best used.
    in french: point barre. (STOP)
    Regards. JeanGuy78 .

    PS: My english is bad (but better your french), what is a knob? I guess the term is a good term, but a part of stupidity and psy explanation whith your education must work in your comment.
    Ah Mister Moderator, thanks if you let my comment the same time Frank had his comment on your site, uncensored.

  11. 16 Axel June 26, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Hehen accurate or not, arabs have earnt their own reputation for trashing airliners. Nice one frank :-p

  12. 17 yousofunny July 16, 2008 at 8:36 am

    hehe that guy (FRANK) is either an idiot or wish he was a pilot, becuase he didn’t have any clue about what he was talking about neither for the incident nor about anaircraft. The truth is that the airplane was on testflight and the two pilots were actually french and the 7 etihad employes where from the company to witness that the test was running smoothly. So the French basicaly were due to this funny acident….

  13. 18 Tom J. August 4, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Someone forwarded to me the article that had those strong anti-Arab undertones, and the pictures. It looked a bit as if the photos were done on Adobe Photo Shop, but when I saw the blankets on the ground with people on them and the fire crew, I felt there may be something to it, and the only thing I felt was sadness that people were hurt in an accident that could have been avoided if proper check-lists were followed, regardless of whom may have been at the controls.

    Since it was an accident with a real sad income, the only sadder thing in all this is that someone is trying to make a “Polish joke” out of this, this time replacing the Poles with Arabs.

    I am a Canadian (or as the guy who concotted that slurry article would probably say, “a stupid Canuck”) and I hope that one day we all will see that working together – not laughing at each other in a sinister way – will help all of us – Americans, Canucks or Arabs – feel better about ourselves. All we need is an open mind and willingness to listen.

    Tom J., Los Angeles

  14. 21 Barrie August 14, 2008 at 11:03 am

    lots of half truths here, it was not a flight test, and there were 9 on the plane, apparently 2 were Airbus employees and 7 from ADAT, none from Etihad, so to the people so keen to prove Frank wrong, which he may be, get your own facts right first

    • 22 KEN W July 17, 2009 at 3:33 am


  15. 23 Nicola August 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    You guys should be ashamed of your selves, who ever was on that aircraft could have been green or purple for all you should care. It makes no difference what religion or what race they may be, the point you are all missing is that it was an accident and people were injured. Nothing to make jokes about I don’t think!!!!

  16. 24 balint01 August 21, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    This reply is only to confirm the standpoint of the creators of this blog – that we agree with Nicola on his last comment, but will keep allowing any future comments on this post – just like we did before – as we also believe in freedom of speech as well as in self-control of people. We hope we are not too naive in this second belief.

  17. 25 Yousef Al-Wahidi August 22, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves, these comments are complete pieces of shit!

  18. 26 anaon pilot August 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    OK enough! I am a pilot and have 15,000 hours on large jets including A320/21. I have made 4 collection flights from Tolouse but not as P1 so haven’t done run-ups or tests, just there for the ride. I’m afraid from what I know Frank is likely to be corrrect if this ocurred after the delivery paperwork was OK’d which is often the first thing that happens – manuals tend to be in English only. ABI will let you loose as soon as you want. As for publicity I get all the English language publications and didn’t read about this until last week – 17 weeks after the accident. There must have been some injuries – French Law obliges the owner to advise BEA, just looked on their site – ot a mnetion! Normally if a tyre pops we get a full page on it the next week so that’s really unusual!

  19. 27 Miss-Virgin September 2, 2008 at 10:36 am

    May God Bless us all…

  20. 28 Paul September 4, 2008 at 6:01 am

    So does anyone really know, who was actually on the plane and caused the accident? How could “test pilots” or “contract pilots” make such a simple mistake of not retarding the trottles? Could that have stopped this all? Why did the brakes or alternate braking not work?

  21. 29 Alcindoro September 12, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Is there any definitive report on how the casualty occurred? Most everything available is anecdotal.

  22. 30 Mi_Tasol September 15, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Frank writes a good story but if he had bothered to read the official Airbus press releases at and he would know that even Airbus admit that there were two Airbus staff on board and that they were 2 of the 3 worst injured. I give him 10 for imagination and 1 for content

  23. 31 supraboy September 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    by the way frank Is completely right. Everything that he said is true. The Arabs were so embarassed by what happened that they completely covered it up until now when details leaked out. I know this because my mate who is an Arab and lives in Dubai confirmed all this.

  24. 32 arnie October 7, 2008 at 8:10 am say arabs can’t fly jets?
    …..go back to 9/11.

  25. 34 Stu October 29, 2008 at 5:54 am

    That’ll buff out, she’ll be right

  26. 35 Joxa Toni November 29, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Wow, and there are some people who are still there spending all that time to create fantasies about Arabs… How your hatred transforms in love for them without you knowing it… There is no inch of common sense in the whole story

    N1: You must know that Etihad like emirates airline hires mostly westerners as their pilots… So you idiots get your facts right, trying hard to make Arabs look that idiot just transformed you in complete MORON.

    N2: Even if there were Arab pilots in the plane, since it was a test out of the factory, there is no way on earth that they will be alone without technicians from the Airbus company.

    N3: You have to know that in many air companies in Europe and in North America there are many plane mechanics and electronic maintenance staff who are Arabs.

    4: You are an IDIOT.

    5: i am an Arab and i can uses your mouth as my toilet any other day if you think you are a superior peice of crap.

    6: peace out

  27. 36 Brian A. November 29, 2008 at 8:22 am

    ……..This story may be true, but there are a few holes in it. The statement ‘Without a single hour of airtime’ is impossible. The plane was days away from delivery to Etihad, and naturally, by then much of the flight tests had to have been completed. So obviously the airframe and engines had some time on them already. Few, but time nonetheless.

    It is very doubtful that officials at Airbus would simply hand over a two hundred million dollar jet to any set of crews before making sure that they are fully qualified, and are able to carry out the tests that needed to be carried out. Also as a pre-delivery run-up procedure, it is all but certain that there had to be more than one Airbus pilot in the cockpit along with the supposed ADAT crew. So as for reading the run-up manuals and such, I have my doubts that anyone would have been allowed to get anywhere even near the cockpit, if they were unsure of what they were doing, and Airbus has to have it’s methods of making sure of crew qualifications.

    As for no one knowing enough to retard the throttles in order to abort the tests; I think this is a bit of a mute point because if all 4 engines were at the full takeoff power setting, and then the brakes got released as it is alleged here, then retarding the throttles at that point would not necessarily have saved the plane. If the conditions were as they are indicated in this story, then the plane was going to end up on the wall, no matter what.

    Finally, shouldn’t the plane have been turned around to have it’s aft end facing the blast fence normally for an engine run-up? How did this plane go head first in to a blast fence?

  28. 37 Yabadabadoo December 7, 2008 at 12:39 am

    I was there when it happened,those guys had there heads out the windows when they went buy me,I could hear them yelling something like. (god is great)

  29. 38 Willis C. December 22, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    We all tend to be a little judgemental after Sept. 11th, 2001. But as a people, we need to live and progress forward into the 21st century by being a little more acceptive and loving towards one another. There are so many other things out here to be concerned about other than who was at the controls of that plane when the incident occurred. It didn’t matter. It happened because of HUMAN ERROR and not one specific ethnic group. How horrible to stereotype the Arabs. We are all the same. There was some testing that needed to be done and obviously, something went terribly wrong. So on that note, we breathe the same air, bleed the same blood, and most of all we all make MISTAKES.

  30. 39 Mark January 5, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I am not expert of aircrafts, but I think that if a plane like a 340-600 runs at takeoff speed into a blast wall, the damage to both the aircraft and the wall would be much more extensive than what is shown. And probably there would be some fire (one of the engine has clearly hit the wall, you can see the signs on one of the photos).

  31. 40 Dontknowwhyireadthisstuff February 6, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    We all breath the same air and bleed the same blood. Good and bad in all people you know.

    But Yabbadabba, You made me laugh pretty hard. It was an enexpected tearing laugh that I really needed.

    Nice to know that there are some light hearted souls around.

  32. 41 Leigh March 22, 2009 at 12:09 am

    From the official report.
    3.1 Findings of investigation
    • The aircraft, including its braking system, operated in accordance with its specifications
    • The accident occurred in the delivery phase of a unprogrammed test
    • The procedure was not in conformity with the task “Fuel and Oil Leak Test” listed in the AMM. In particular, it was carried out at high thrust on all engines without the use of wheel chocks
    • Testimonies and video recordings indicate that engine tests are regularly carried out without wheel chocks
    • The thrust used on the engines was at the same level as the nominal braking capacity of the parking brake
    • When the aircraft began to move, the ground testing technician pushed on the brake pedals and released the parking brake
    • The ground testing technician turned the NWS to the right. This action, by inhibiting the CLG braking, limited the braking effectiveness
    • The actions on the brake pedals were not sustained to the maximum level
    • The flight testing engineer retarded the thrust levers when the plane hit the anti-blast wall

    3.2 Causes of the accident

    The accident is due to the run up on all 4 engines at the same time, without wheel chocks, and during which the total engine thrust was close to the parking brake capacity.

    The lack of a detection process and deviation correction in the ground test procedure, in a context of industrial and commercial pressure, promoted the operation of a test outside of the established procedures.

    The sudden onset of aircraft movement led the ground testing technician to focus on the braking system; therefore he did not think to reduce the thrust of the engines.

  33. 42 Beachrider March 28, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Just what we need… Someone who says “What happens when I do THIS??” “Oh.. Sorry!!”

  34. 43 Paul Potter April 8, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Guys and girls it does not mater how it happened thank god no one was hurt…..Got to say it is funny. I read that the airline and supplier were to ashamed at what happened so it did not get in the papers. Every one should think back to buying there first new car how many read the manual. I know i never did, lucky for me i did not crash. If it was not the pilots fault and it was something to do with the plane why did Airbus not ground all the other ones they sold. Makes me think this story is true.

  35. 44 Pincorrect April 9, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Hahaha gotta agree with Dontknowwhyireadthisstuff on this one, Yabbadabba gave me a good laugh too. Sick and tired of all the political correctness that gets forced down our throats on every issue nowdays people are not allowed to have an opinion if its not considered the politically correct opinion.

  36. 45 Azzy April 12, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Dear All

    The primary objective of this is LESSON LEARNT,

    I worked 15 years in Manufacture as test pilot, we never released any test over idle power to non rated pilot especially engineers.

    Something got to be change in procedures and policy, does not matter arab or western, just remember Murphy’s Law, if it can fail it will and worst thing it can happen to you !!

  37. 46 Ramgopal Dass April 13, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Most of you are bigots, and a few jokers too. The facts are pretty well known now. This was a sad mistake, and one Arab representative was on board. The plane belonged to Airbus, and they are liable for the loss and compensation payable to Etihad. This has nothing to do with a pilot flying the craft – as it was meant to roll down the runway, and it was merely a Engine Run Up test that went wrong. Tragic for the guys in the cockpit, and for the insurance company / Airbus, but no impact for Etihad other than their livery was on the craft and because of that, some press connected or blogging bigots and jokers have their day!

  38. 47 JCandAllhispals April 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Well having read the threads I have to say what a shame! That lovely aircraft that hundreds of folks lovingly and with great pride manufactured and assembled into a sleek shiny flying machine ended up mashed into a wall; makes me really want to weep but probably not as much as the ground test crew!!

  39. 48 old timer in aviation April 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

    L and G
    Those of you who were around the aviation for some time knows that such mistakes could happen even though it it is not acceptable
    i am sure that u are aware that the majority of Acft accidents were caused by human error (80% by pilots) and despite this fact air travel still the safest means of travel, but Having said that this in any way do not it it acceptable to have these mistakes, the aviation industry should learn from these mistakes to target zero accident either by crew or engineering
    Final note: NASA committed some fatal mistakes but these mistakes made them stronger, safer and wiser
    Thank you all

    old timer

  40. 49 WhatTheHell April 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Surprised that this was received as an e-mail rather than all the news sites I trawl. If it’s true it just confirms the fact that people (irrespective of race / colour / creed) have the universal capacity to be STUPID IDIOTS even if they are “pilots” and I use the term loosely. At least they didn’t manage to hit a building. If they survived they need to be questioned about whether it represented some form of Jihad!

  41. 50 AE May 4, 2009 at 9:03 am

    as an aerospace engineer… i’m frustrated! it doesn’t matter what we do to automate the aircraft and make it safer from the pilot… they always find a way to screw things up… I guess next time we will have a “engine run-up test” button … and airbags!

    and who cares about brakes when you have 4 awesome RR engines at full throttle and an empty aircraft… there is only one way, and that’s up… worry later about the landing

  42. 51 Hameed May 6, 2009 at 7:24 am

    This is exactly how the Arabs drive autos in the Middle East. Just step on it!

  43. 52 Burka MaAss May 11, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Shams Naqvi the pilot talks of the boeing or it’s systems not having the ability to judge critically?????

    ” the software ought to have a corroborative check to make a critical judgment. It did not.”

    Perhaps the Arabs on board should’ve been taught to think critically ya buffoon!

    Darwin Awards all round!

  44. 53 Earthling May 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I am an Earthling. Any individual that tags and labels them self because they are incapable of being an individual does the entire planet a disservice. How many individuals were hands on controlling the aircraft and who was responsible for allowing that individual or those individuals to take control of a real airplane? I want to move to a new planet. This planet is medieval.

  45. 54 BeechcraftStarship May 12, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Frank is a knob!

  46. 55 Sig May 15, 2009 at 5:18 am

    I agree with those who feel sorrow that anyone was hurt, regardless of their origin. Yes, it’s true we are all “Earthlings” and everyone makes mistakes. This was a doozy, and it’s sad that it happened, and we can move on now.

    All that said, I’d like to address the concept of “We are all the same.” We are NOT the same.

    The word of God states that Satan masquerades as “an angel of light”. It also says he “is a liar and the father of lies.”

    Interestingly, an “angel” once knocked on the cave-door of a caravan driver and offered to turn him into a prophet by giving him words to memorize. The angel told him it was acceptable and right to murder anyone who did not profess that the moon god was the only true god, and that the caravan driver was his prophet. Sadly, many in our world today still profess this same “faith”, and many of them believe one may actually attain paradise by killing those who do not.

    Rather than subscribing to the “killer prophet” point of view, some others in our world have the understanding that God will hold each of us accountable for our wrong actions. Even a very small matter such as a lie is an eternal sin because it is an offense against an eternal God. How can we pay God back and make things right for even a minor offense? We cannot! So God did it for us by extending his hand into our world in the form of a man — a carpenter by trade. God’s “right-hand man” did everything right, then was unjustly murdered by his own people. God viewed this as payment for the wrongs of all people through all time, but only those who understand and turn to this true faith can go to be with God.

    There are no actions we can take to attain paradise. So the true God did it all for us.

    We are NOT all the same. I pray for Muslims that the true God will lead them to himself. Only then can we all be considered “the same” when we meet the One Judge at the end of time. He is Isa, the Christ, God’s right hand, who died and was brought back to life in power forever. Those who believe can live with him for ever. Those who do not will suffer the terrible fires of hell that the Muslims always warn about.

    Please, my friends! Ask the true Father in Heaven to help you, and he will! He is merciful!

  47. 56 Alsie May 19, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    nice one yabbadabba!! Earthling, we too would like you and your like minded friends to move to another planet although it seems you’re already on one. And as for that muppet Sham.. I am a Muslim pilot” who cares? Frank was thanking the French and the Arabs for the show and the next display is a Muslim getting bent out of shape and taking it personally. I didn’t see anything in his message about Muslims. Does this make Sham a “non islama-phobe” or something? Or just a helmet like that bint Sig? Get a life..

  48. 57 szafi June 2, 2009 at 7:35 am

    OK, Folks, enough is enough. We stopped approving racist comments. Whoever doesn’t like it may go to another forum.

    • 58 Bill July 8, 2009 at 7:59 pm

      This is for the software guy Shams Naqvi – You probably know as much about flying as software.

      Everyone’s starting to figure out the offshore/outsourcing scams from the worlds “second most” corrupt society in the world – India.

  49. 59 Pericles Pinto July 31, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I’m amazed at the longevity of this thread!
    It started in 2007 and here it is, alive and kicking.

    I got here because I was investigating the “true/not true” on an email I received which contains a translation into Portuguese of the original post:

    Some of the comments in this thread are indeed racist or xenophobe… both ways(!): there are Westerners insulting Arabs but there’s the opposite too (hummm!).

    Finally… the “religious” comments (and with it, stupidity) shows up as well, as you would expect.

    An accident is an accident. Human errors are bound to happen. Pilots can make errors and, before them, engineers and computer programmers can make errors as well.

    A clever guy is not the one who thinks he ca avoid all accidents but the one that tries his best to avoid repetition…

    This said, it’s important for me to state that I’m in favor of those who believe that a joke can be done about just anything.

    I was there too! How could this NOT happen?

    Those nine guys were all drunk and there was no less than twenty naked girls running around the plane! One of those girls was in the cockpit pressing all the buttons she could find and she didn’t stop screaming “I’m the pilot! I’m the pilot!” until the damn plane hit the wall!! 😉

  50. 60 jAYCEE August 4, 2009 at 9:43 am


  51. 61 C.M September 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I have worked as an E.Engineer for the last 35 years, 25 years Aerospace, I am also a Pilot…all I can say is that there are several hundreds of A340’s flying, thousands of aircraft built since the begining of Transport flying…Engine run ups are as common as bubble gum, I have never heared of something like this ever happening, software or not. In Engineering we can’t make anything fool proof as fools are ingenious, and most certainly that day, there where too many fools converging all at the same time, they just happend to be Arabs (*********) ***. Looking at the remains of the flight deck, it is very difficult to believe that the Pilots could have survived this.
    Run ups should always be done with hands on the throttles at all times, ready to Brake at any given momment…how simple is this?


  52. 62 Isil Lal September 23, 2009 at 1:16 pm


  53. 63 John November 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Oh can the racist crap! I am an Aussie and I assure you that the stupidest people alive drive taxis in Brisbane. This Arab gene pool crap is for people who grew up under power lines in broken homes. Its the type of oxygen wasters who attribute this sort of accident to some racial or genetic crap that are most likely to cause something similar themselves. Seriously.

    Cool photos by the way.

  54. 65 deandake March 26, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Fact remains that a group of mental midgets crashed a very expensive aircraft. Operating any aircraft has a set of procedures that must be followed to ensure safety. The a$$h0les in the cockpit never made themselves familiar with the operational procedures of the aircraft. The only design flaw was in the brains of the nit wits at the controls.

  55. 66 Davey May 8, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Hi all, my career was in engineering, mechanical, electrical and electronic. Lots of brain-hurting studying and tough exams then the gear becomes obsolete and one has to run a four-minute-mile so to speak all over again! In one organisation we would sometimes have foreigners sent over from what used to be the Commonwealth to gain experience. I can still remember a couple of guys who had rude awakenings. One nice chap thought that because his father was an African king (might have been prince)he automatically knew everything! Duh! unfortunately there’s plenty like that. Another nice chap allegedly top student at his college had no hands-on experience. Although he had learnt about multimeters he had never actually used one as his college owned only one which was kept in a glass fronted cabinet in case it got broken. Not his fault obviously and you had to give the guy credit for being honest about it. Disasters of Titanic proportions are usually caused by persons over imbued with their own self importance, bluffers basically and it sure looked as if that Airbus was full of bluffers. Many bluffers rise to positions of importance by playing golf or becoming members of certain societies but in general everything they touch turns to cr@p.

  56. 67 Uma September 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    The pilots DID NOT survive this! That’s another lie given out to save face. What I heard that Etihad wanted to show off their pilots’ capabilities on the test run in France, and that turned out to be a big mistake. All aboard died.

  57. 68 koenvand April 7, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    The official report. Sorry it’s in French only…

    Click to access f-cj071115.pdf

  58. 70 Etihad July 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I say that you have to get rid of all the airbus a340 and get in more b787 or like the new a350

  59. 71 KeithW November 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Yes, nice to see some facts make their appearance, thanks koenvand. Anyone interested in facts can run the report through Google Translate and you’ll get the gist, which put the lie to the “funny OMG” type racist email that is still circulating.

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