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Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 3:57 pm

German news magazine "Der Spiegel" just reports an explosion at the Airbus works in Toulouse.
Apparently, 5 people were injured. But no further details.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 4:18 pm

AFP is reporting five people injured; no further info on location or circumstances.
 
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 4:19 pm

It happened at the Saint Eloi factory,where pylons for the A380 engines are manufactured....
A hydraulic press exploded,provoking the collapse of part of the buidling...
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 4:28 pm

Quoting Kaitak (Reply 1):
AFP is reporting five people injured

I hope none are seriously injured.

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 2):
It happened at the Saint Eloi factory,where pylons for the A380 engines are manufactured....
A hydraulic press exploded,provoking the collapse of part of the buidling...

How will this affect the production of the A380?
 
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 4:38 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 3):
I hope none are seriously injured.

Two of them, according to Spiegel.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 5:48 pm

Wish they get well soon.
Sad news.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 6:40 pm

I checked Google, and it seems that there is an extreme lack of information regarding this incident. Hopefully we hear more news soon. Hope nobody was hurt too seriously.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 6:53 pm

Some other major news stations do not even mention the incident yet. Don't know what that means - maybe it was not that bad after all?

Anyway, the 3 minorly injured people were sent home after local treatment. 2 people are in hospital.

The explosion obviously caused quite a mess within a 30 meter radius inside the production hall, but the building did not collapse.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 6:56 pm

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 6):
I checked Google, and it seems that there is an extreme lack of information regarding this incident. Hopefully we hear more news soon. Hope nobody was hurt too seriously.

Here's a link to the story on a French search engine (Wanadoo), but in French. Sorry, I don't have time to translate...

Link:
(for some reason link doesn't go to exact page. At top left you'll see some tabs, first one is "A la Une", press the second one "France", it's the main story, click on the text and it'll direct you to the full story.

http://www.wanadoo.fr/bin/frame.cgi?...newsItemId%3D060529084313.dd1t89wk
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 7:05 pm

Did a search at cnn.com and couldn't find anything... strange...
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 7:12 pm

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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 7:43 pm

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 6):
I checked Google, and it seems that there is an extreme lack of information regarding this incident. Hopefully we hear more news soon. Hope nobody was hurt too seriously.

Usually Googgle is not very good to give info on very recent topics, as it has not had the time to index the very new webpages just created about this topic.

The "L'express" link above says:
- 2 persons hospitalized,
- no collapse of the buliding, contrary to first information,
- the building produces pylons for all types of Airbusses.

[Edited 2006-05-29 12:44:05]
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 8:50 pm

Glad no one was killed. Speedy recovery to all involved.  Sad
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 9:25 pm

It seems the production will not be slowed down by this. They have another machine that does the same thing. Source is in German, unfortunately.

http://www.finanznachrichten.de/nach...ichten-2006-05/artikel-6493608.asp

So let's just hope the best for the injured. An explosion of a large machine is no fun. I just hope they'll all recover 100%.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 9:30 pm

Accidents happen to everybody. Just hope all can recover from this incident. Remember the incident at Boeing last year where a 747-F had a 'blowout' while undergoing some pressure testing. It caused serious damage to the airframe, to the extent it had to be a write-off.
Lets hope that in this accident at Airbus that all recover. Must have caused on hell of a noise when it happened. I would imange it caused some building damage, as well as damage to other machinery.
Any idea of how much this will affect production at Airbus? Do they have other facilities that can make these components or could they subcontract this out for a while?
 
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 10:31 pm

Any Details on what went wrong.
Any update as of Today.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 11:10 pm

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 13):
Remember the incident at Boeing last year where a 747-F had a 'blowout' while undergoing some pressure testing. It caused serious damage to the airframe, to the extent it had to be a write-off.

is that definite that it was written off?? if so how does that impact the customer given this is one production line winding down already?
 
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 11:15 pm

I think an Icelandic newspaper reported few people dead!

Strange...

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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Mon May 29, 2006 11:52 pm

so we dun have confirmed reports yet...bad for the airbus at this stage...

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 16):
Icelandic newspaper reported few people dead!

hope that isnt true.wonder what effect its gonna have on airbus.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Tue May 30, 2006 12:09 am

There has been some additional news. Sources were also posted here, but obviously were deleted (reason was that earlier in this thread, some friendly guy was expressing his hope that Airbus will suffer from this accident... no comment, please!).

The machine that exploded was some hydraulic machine for pylone production for several Airbus models. It was not the only machine of this kind.

2 people are in hospital, 3 others had minor injuries. The production hall interior was damaged, but the building did not collapse.

All this is bad enough, no doubt about it. But it seems the damage is not that huge, and apart from the breaking news, this incident did not make it into most news services here in Germany.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Tue May 30, 2006 12:31 am

How terrible. I hope for a quick recovery to the injured. This will do nothing to reduce my (overblown) unease when working with pressure systems.
 
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Tue May 30, 2006 12:32 am

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 18):
The machine that exploded was some hydraulic machine for pylone production for several Airbus models. It was not the only machine of this kind.

That is correct. Damage from the explosion was reported as "light"

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 18):
2 people are in hospital, 3 others had minor injuries. The production hall interior was damaged, but the building did not collapse.

The 2 in hospital are seriously injured, though their lives are not in danger. The 3 others whom suffered minor injuries have been sent home.

[Source: Fair use excerpt http://www.bloomberg.com ]

By Andrea Rothman
May 29 (Bloomberg) -- Airbus SAS, the world's biggest planemaker, said a hydraulic machine that shapes sheet metal exploded this morning at one of its French plants, hurting five people, two seriously.

The machine is at an Airbus France facility in Saint Eloi, France, near Airbus's Toulouse headquarters, according to a statement sent by e-mail today. Two of the five people injured have been hospitalized. Their lives are not in danger, Airbus said. The other three workers have gone home.

Damage from the explosion was ``light'' and didn't affect the structure of the building or generate pollution, Airbus said. The plant has resumed work.


Quoting ZakHH (Reply 18):
Sources were also posted here, but obviously were deleted

I hope this clarifies the situation. Bloomberg received an emailed statement as you can see but it has yet to be posted on their site or that of EADS.

To the Moderator's I saw how this thread was degraded by certain posts and that many replies were deleted for which I thank you. The link I provided cannot actually show the statement in full but I am within Copyright guidelines to post as much as I could so that the thread stayed on the topic of what is an unfortunate industrial accident.

As stated, the email release should soon appear at the following link for full details

http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre/pressreleases/

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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Tue May 30, 2006 12:46 am

Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 20):
The plant has resumed work.

Yep, German TV has confirmed that.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Tue May 30, 2006 1:05 am

AirTran737-- I checked Google, and it seems that there is an extreme lack of information regarding this incident.

Well seems like you've answered your own question , then.


C'mon. Thousands died in Java this past weekend so maybe it's time for at least a smidgeon of perspective here.



As for the accident and those injured it's real hard to know how bad the situation is in such early goings, even from native-language press releases and news reports. Let's hope they can all fully recover and soon.
 
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Tue May 30, 2006 1:06 am

seems they building damage is cosmetic mainly, some roof damage but not a collapse, the media always tries to make it seem worse than it is...hope the workers injuries are overinflated as well and that everyone is fine with either no or minor injuries....any idea how a press can explode, i imagine tremendous pressure, anyone have any pictures of the type of press that exploded or can tell us how it works...thanks
 
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Tue May 30, 2006 2:16 am

REPLY 8 gives a link to the French story (which you have to click on "France" to see, which is now down the page a bit). Use Babelfish to translate it at altavista.com The current version of the story indicates 5 injured, including open fracture (meaning skin punctured by bone) and chest pains as the most serious. Only the workshop where that press was remains closed.

Relevant portion of Babelfish Translation (I love Babelfish!):

"The firemen helped five casualties related to the explosion, but specify that there was not of fire. Contrary to the first information, no collapse of the building sheltering the hydraulic press was recorded. "the explosion was violent but localised, the casualties were in the immediate environment of this hydraulic press from 800 to 1.000 bars which preforms sheets surrounding the masts engines (pylons supporting the engines)", the president of Airbus France Jean-Marc Thomas stated on the spot. "the reasons of the explosion are still unknown and are the subject of an investigation", it added."
 
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Tue May 30, 2006 2:42 am

Sad news. My prayers for the injured family members.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Tue May 30, 2006 5:53 am

Thoughts and prayers go out to the injured and their families, and nothing but the speediest of recoveries for them. As for the health of the company, Airbus is a large enough opperation they can work through it without too great an issue. It's not even covered in news in the United States. It sounds as though the event was tragic, but fortuneately not a total disaster.
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RE: Explosion At Airbus Works In Toulouse?

Tue May 30, 2006 6:40 am

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 27):
It sounds as though the event was tragic

Let's keep this accurate. A tragedy implies the death of human beings, which is not the case here. This is just a serious industrial incident.

Quoting Mark_D. (Reply 22):
C'mon. Thousands died in Java this past weekend so maybe it's time for at least a smidgeon of perspective here.

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