Quoting RoseFlyer (reply 2): I just crack up imagining what the pilot would say to try and explain the fact that their flight was cancelled because they are stuck in the mud after the plane has already been prepared for take off.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we have encountered an unplanned ground obsticle on takeoff roll, so we will be a little delayed...."
I saw it this morning when I was going to my gate this morning to MBS. My flight was leaving from A29, right across from 28. The overspil from the that gate was milling around ours, looking for someone to complain to.
A similar incident happened in PIT a few years back. A US 757 was waiting for a EDIC time to come up. The FC decided to turn off the engines while waiting, only one problem, they set the parking brake after turning both engines off. I guess there was not enough hydraulic pressure to secure the brakes and the ac rolled backwards off the taxiway and into the mud. I heard this story second hand from some mtx guys, not sure how they got the plane out.
I smiled when I read that the tug had actually pushed the plane back into the mud. I never thought of this type of mistake as being very easy to make...I mean, wing walkers were present and watching the plane, right?
By the way, KarlB737, things look awfully cheery in Detroit from the looks of the other news links at the bottom of the page!
Same thing happened here at MSY a few years back. NW ground crew pushed a DC-9 too far back, and the main wheels went into the grass. Passengers were taken off the plane, and we towed it out with a couple of fire trucks pulling from the front.
Hilarious to see!
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina