Aviation Photo #1050472 McDonnell Douglas MD-11(F) - Varig Log

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    Jonathan Parra (Mexico Air Spotters)
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    McDonnell Douglas MD-11(F)
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    Mexico City (- Licenciado Benito Juarez International)
    Mexico
    April 12, 2006
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Anonymous
10 years ago
Shows the importance of proper loading.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Ouuuups! Take off from zero?
Anonymous
10 years ago
OMG haha I thought the MD was rotating. nice shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
Caramba, Qua Paso? When did this happen? Why?
Anonymous
10 years ago
What happened to that center of gravity.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I once saw this happen to a Britten Norman Trislander (G-FTSE) while on work experience with Aurigny in 2002 because they unloaded a palette of fruit from the nose before the tail ballast was removed. They blamed the pilot for being a "fat bugger". The aircraft was not damaged thanks to a pole inserted in the tail which arrested the Trislander's rotation. Although I think it's much more serious in this case...what with the MD-11 being exponentially larger...:p
Anonymous
10 years ago
New VTOL MD-11? Is there anything these planes can't do?? lol

What on earth was put in the back to throw a 100tonne airliner on its but..
Anonymous
8 years ago
Too bad this MD-11 was not rotating. haha. nice picture. It confused me when I saw the thumbnail!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Maybe Fat Ailbert's back there. :D
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great photo!
I saw this plane in real life!
It was a nice day, I was making a flight with Mexicana and it was very awesome!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Why happened this?????
Anonymous
7 years ago
This seems to happen more in the MD-11 than in any other aircraft (even more than in the 727). Clearly improper loading is the culprit, but I wonder what it is about the MD-11 that makes it so prone to workers screwing up the load procedure. It seems like improper loading on these birds has also contributed to at least one crash (the most recent one in Shanghai comes to mind)
Anonymous
6 years ago
The main cause behind this is that big heavy engine in the back, and as was mentioned, loading procedures were not followed. Seeing pictures like this make me understand why we at UPS have such procedures to prevent this!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
I'm guessing there's JATO rockets on the aft end of this bird? That doesn't look like the runway to me.

Great pic capturing a thousand dollar error that doesn't happen often. People make mistakes, luckily this mistake didn't result in anyones death.

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