Aviation Photo #1530133 Airbus A340-541 - Emirates

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That object flapping on the lower part of the fuselage is part of some masking tape covering up a potentially fatal incident. At 23:11 on 20th March this a/c had a tailstrike during the takeoff run. And it was an extremely long run. So long it wiped out some runway lights, instrument landing antenae and just cleared the boundary fence. After takeoff it circled Port Phillip Bay to dump fuel while the cabin was filling with smoke. It landed safely with its 225 people on board. Very nearly a major tragedy.
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    George Canciani
    Emirates
    Airbus A340-541
    Airbus A340-500
    Airbus A340-500
    Airbus
    608
    A6-ERG
    Melbourne - Tullamarine
    Victoria
    Australia
    May 10, 2009
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Anonymous
8 years ago
I read in the Australian that the pilots resigned....Not very good publicity for EK.

A good photo nonetheless.
Anonymous
8 years ago
100 ton is a big miscalculation... The captain was from denmark and FO from canada...

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