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User currently offlineMADtoCAE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

Hello all,
Today I went spotting to MAD.I was seeing the planes depart and I saw a IB A340-300 with registration EC-GGS being towed,I thought this was strange,and then the plane turned around and I saw that the cargo door was open.
Here is the pic:
http://tinypic.com/c1gyd
You can see it on the right my view of engine number 4.
My question is,does this happen very often?
Ashley

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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1297 times:

the a/c is being towed, and not being flown. it is because of that that the a/c does not need to maintain a pressure hull. therefore, the door can be open. all the doors can technically be open during tow if they wanted to. it seems that someone jsut forgot to shut it.


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User currently offlineMADtoCAE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1250 times:

Thank you Cancidas,
The thing is that the planes taxiing were going to the runway for takeoff or they had landed.It looked like it was going to the runway and then it turned around.
The direction is was going didnt acces any other place than the runways, until it turned around.
Thats why I thought it was strange.
Ashley


User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

Taking off with that tow truck dangling from the front wheels? Surely if a plane was to take off, it would taxi under its own power? Maybe towed on a circuitous route to avoid other traffic, perhaps.

Geoff M.


User currently offlineMADtoCAE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1059 times:

Well you know,I was towed to the runway this summer.
Ashley


User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 940 times:

How would you know that? Tow trucks aren't normally visible from inside the aircraft. Even the pilots have trouble seeing them in some planes.

Geoff M.


User currently offlineMADtoCAE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 869 times:

Geoffm,
I was flying alone as a minor and my mom said my plane was towed to the runway.(she had to wait until the plane was in the air)
Ashley


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