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Airbus Fined £200,000 Over Unsafe Concorde Steps  
User currently offlineNQYGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5231 times:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/7815875.stm

IIRC, back when it first opened, the center used conventional airport style retractable steps to allow people on and off the exhibit. Might be wrong though.

Anyway, I certainly know there is a proper metal gangway instead since this sad incident.

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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5214 times:

Well, they sure made one damn safe concrete wall in TLSBig grin


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User currently offlineNwarooster From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1010 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4972 times:
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Quoting Revelation (Reply 1):
Well, they sure made one damn safe concrete wall in TLS

Yes, that A340 made one spectacular last flight.......  old 


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4787 times:



Quoting Nwarooster (Reply 2):
Yes, that A340 made one spectacular last flight..

First AND last!  stirthepot 



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User currently offlineCuriousFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4498 times:

Any pictures? How unsafe was it to get into the Concorde there?

Airbus was sued because a bloke missed a step in a museum? They give away or lend a unique aircraft to a museum and get sued?


User currently offlineRebelDJ From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4355 times:



Quoting CuriousFlyer (Reply 4):
Airbus was sued because a bloke missed a step in a museum? They give away or lend a unique aircraft to a museum and get sued?

I think you should understand the context of this "museum", because it is situated within the Airbus site at Filton, Bristol. The aircraft is parked on a purpose made hard standing between the (active) runway and the "Brabazon" Hanger where all UK Concordes were built (see http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl...8&spn=0.009667,0.019226&t=h&z=16).
The aircraft may be formally in the museum, but if you were to visit it (there is only one exhibit), you would believe you were visiting Airbus.
They didn't get sued - all credit to the family - they were fined under health and safety legislation. They had failed in thier duty of care, they were found guilty in a court and they were punished.


User currently offlineCuriousFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4032 times:

Thanks RebelDJ it makes more sense.

User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7193 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4011 times:

A pity that this guy did not look where he was putting his foot.

User currently offlineOldeuropean From Germany, joined May 2005, 2026 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

Quoting CuriousFlyer (Reply 4):
Airbus was sued because a bloke missed a step in a museum?

Well, I would call a gap of 80cm (32 inch) at the end of a stair an act of gross negligence.

Axel

[Edited 2009-01-08 06:07:28]


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User currently offlineRB211TriStar From United States of America, joined May 2007, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

That is almost 3ft. Hmm.

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10725 posts, RR: 38
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2951 times:



Quoting CuriousFlyer (Reply 4):
They give away or lend a unique aircraft to a museum and get sued?

RIP man who fell off the steps and died. This is a most unfortunate accident.

Concorde G-BOAF is still British Airways property.
They are on loan by BA to all the different museums they are in.

She does not belong to Airbus - never that I knew of.

Only the AF Concordes were given for a symbolic French Franc to be put on display in different locations.



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13042 posts, RR: 78
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

Certainly they had fixed this by the time I was there in April 2007.

I was shocked when this happened, we used to have loads of visitors, when such things were allowed, in the BA hangars where they were maintained.
Never had, thankfully, anything like this.
Then again, they got proper safety briefs, were escorted, perhaps because it was an actual work environment rather than a public museum people were more wary anyway.
(Not that I'm implying anything about the deceased. What's emerged is that serious concerns about safety were not taken up, until too late).


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9483 posts, RR: 42
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2336 times:

Without wishing to belittle the case in point, I wonder how many people banged their heads on boarding while it was in service? In spite of reading beforehand about how common it was, I managed it! D'oh!

User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2094 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
She does not belong to Airbus - never that I knew of.

Right, but the point is she is sitting on Airbus's property.



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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7193 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

David L

A nice plug, we all now know that you flew on Concorde  Smile


User currently offlineAtlanta From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 473 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1780 times:



Quoting Oldeuropean (Reply 8):
Well, I would call a gap of 80cm (32 inch) at the end of a stair an act of gross negligence.



Quoting RB211TriStar (Reply 9):
That is almost 3ft. Hmm.

Wow! 3 feet! That's a drop!  Wow!

Atlanta



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User currently offlineNQYGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1698 times:



Quoting Atlanta (Reply 15):
Wow! 3 feet! That's a drop! Wow!

If I'm correct, he means the gap between the steps and the aircraft.


User currently offlineAtlanta From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 473 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1622 times:



Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 16):

If I'm correct, he means the gap between the steps and the aircraft.

Than that's a jump!  Smile

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User currently offlineTheGMan From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 606 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

If it were London, there would only be a voice telling everyone to "Mind the gap" along with signage, and everything would be okay.

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