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megimoo
04-12-2009, 07:05 AM
225 are "lucky to be alive"

"They 'Ran Out Of Runway' And Pulled Up In A Panic, Dragging Their Tail and 'Trashing The Aircraft'!"


At the last minute, the two pilots "rotated" the plane -- or pulled its nose up into a steep ascent -- causing its tail to crash into the end of the runway. Damage to the $220 million plane is so severe that the airline is considering writing it off rather than repairing it.

THE UAE Emirates jet that dragged its tail along Melbourne Airport last month was centimetres from crashing, with 225 passengers on board.Several aviation sources have described the accident on March 20 as the closest thing to a major aviation disaster Australia has ever experienced and say the passengers and crew are lucky to be alive.

"It was as close as we have ever come to a major aviation catastrophe in Australia," one senior official said.

The plane -- carrying up to 215,000 litres of highly flammable aviation fuel -- was less than 70cm off the ground when it crashed through lights almost 200m from the end of the runway.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has placed it in the most serious category of aircraft mishap available to it -- an accident, rather than an incident.

An ATSB investigation update shows the accident was labelled a "significant event" by investigators, who also listed damage to the aircraft as "substantial". "During the take-off the aircraft's tail scraped the runway surface. Subsequently smoke was observed in the cabin," the report says.

A Sunday Herald Sun investigation has confirmed that the flight -- EK407 to Dubai -- almost failed to become airborne and barely made it over the airport perimeter fence, half a kilometre away.

Damage to the $220 million plane is so severe that the airline is considering writing it off rather than repairing it. ......A340-500: $233.0 to $241.1million per.

The fully-laden Airbus A340-500 was believed to have been travelling about 280km/h when it reached the end of the runway without becoming airborne..... 280 km/h = about 174 mph

"If they were not already in the air after a 12000 feet long runway not that far from sea level and desperately still scratching the tail ... the speed was just not there for liftoff "

At the last minute, the two pilots "rotated" the plane -- or pulled its nose up into a steep ascent -- causing its tail to crash into the end of the runway.

Despite its steep climb, the plane was still so low that it wiped out strobe lights that were only 70cm high and positioned 170m from the end of the runway...... 70cm=2.29 feet ,170 meters = about 550 feet .

It then took out an antenna, believed to be near a small building, before barely making it over the 2.44m wire perimeter fence. ....."The Airport IFR Radar Beacon !"

THE French-built aircraft remains in the John Holland aircraft hangar at Melbourne Airport, a temporary patch placed across the damage under its tail. .."Without it It's 'Guts' would be hanging out .'They dammaged/crumpled the airframe all of the ways back to the rear escape door causing severe structural damage "!


http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25320907-2862,00.html

Zathras
04-12-2009, 02:27 PM
I remember a 747 that crashed in Japan after doing the same thing on takeoff a few years ago.