bobcat
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Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 4:25 pm

Any update on those China Airlines A340 pilots who took off from ANC's taxiway? Are they still flying?  Wow!
 
BWIrwy4
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 4:32 pm

The Captain is now head of Taiwan's Aviation Safety Administration.
 
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 4:36 pm

The captain became head of aviation safety? You're not serious, are you?  Wow!

Didn't the NTSB start an investigation on this incident? What was the outcome?
 
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 4:39 pm

Fortunately, I was joking.
 
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 4:45 pm

BWI was kidding, he's now head of the National Transportation Safety Board.
 
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 4:47 pm

He landed that flight at Beijing, instead of Taipei, by accident.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
BWIrwy4
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 4:49 pm

That's right, and I found that responsibility lies solely with the taxiway because it was mistakingly in the spot where the runway obviously should have been. Therefore, the CI A340 took off from a taxiway that should logically have been a runway, as planes only take off from runways, not taxiways. Big grin
 
BWIrwy4
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 4:52 pm

Sorry, I thought you meant I was the head of NTSB.
 
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yyz717
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 4:58 pm

Now that would be ridiculous.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
BWIrwy4
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 5:01 pm

What? Me being head of NTSB, my findings on the incident, or both? Give me a little bit of a break; it's 2 in the morning.
 
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yyz717
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 5:03 pm

the former. just pulling your leg.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
bobcat
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 5:03 pm

I thought the CI pilots couldn't fly the A340s anymore because they used up their tokens.(needed when they sit down at the controls, otherwise the planes wouldn't move) Unfortunately, their mommies wouldn't let them buy more tokens... Big grin
 
BWIrwy4
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 5:13 pm

Here is an NTSB update:

"The fault lies not with the taxiway per se, but rather with the taxiway lights. They found it convenient to change color from blue to white as the CI A340 approached. This must be the absolute gospel truth. This is the story that the pilots gave the investigation team. If the plane had crashed and the pilots died, then it would have been much easier and more convenient to blame pilot error (we would have done this), but since the pilots gave the one and only side to the story (The taxiway lights took the fifth amendment and refused to testify, fearing criminal action), then we must go on their story. Furthermore, the A340, with a reputation of having poor takeoff performance, was saved from certain collision with the snow berm only when Superman can out of nowhere and lifted the plane above the berm. This must be the truth. It's what the pilots said, and we know they would never lie to us. So the pilots are not guilty of any wrongdoing, and will be restored to normal flight status without further delay"
 
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RE: Any Update?(CI Pilots Who Took Off On ANC Taxiway)

Mon Apr 01, 2002 5:18 pm

I knew that Superman had something to do with that story, we're so lucky he's here, yesterday he saved me from a car accident.