Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New adventures in journalism UPDATE 1

This is going to be the first instance that we've ever used confidential source material here. That's where these photos came from.
Truly frightening and we're anticipating a preliminary report from the people who know what happened.
UPDATE 1: The fine folks at Hemscott tell us that BEA, the French aeronautical authority has released a preliminary report that does not indicate there was any brake or engine malfunction. The report states that the aircraft was unchocked and was pulling full power on all four engines for three minutes before it began to move and went into the barrier 13 seconds later.
Well, you might ask why such a test was undertaken. It's simple. The brake system has to be able to hold the aircraft immobile under the stress of full engine power.


At 11:01 AM, Blogger G. F. McDowell said...

Was anyone in the cockpit? How would anyone there have survived that?

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Robert Luedeman, attorney at law said...

Good question. Time will tell.

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Aurora said...

I originally thought that the engines could be parted out. The starboard engines look fine, but the port engines--at least the nacelle on the outboard and pylon on the inboard--took quite a thrashing.

Isn't about 25% of the value of a commercial aircraft in the power plants? That ought to ease some of the pain for the insurer?

At 3:45 PM, Blogger candee said...

Did you leave a link to this on A.net? They're great photos, and deserve to be seen.

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Robert Luedeman, attorney at law said...

I'm guessing that the engines will be good as cores for overhaul because they took a licking running at who knows what power level. Course, we really do not know who owns the engines either. In my day at Douglas I changed out placards on airplanes that said who owned the airframe and who owned the engines.

Candee, the folks at a.net know about this. They're way ahead of you and me.


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