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Pictures reveal damage of world’s largest jumbo jet
Published on 13 Apr. 2011 10:32 PM IST
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These pictures reveal for the first time the full extent of the damage caused when the world’s largest passenger plane collided with a smaller aircraft earlier this week.
The Airbus A380 clipped the smaller regional jet which was then violently spun round ‘like a toy’ at JFK Airport in New York on Tuesday evening.
Nobody was injured in the collision but aviation experts revealed that the damage was worse than first thought and raised questions about safety.
Pictures of both planes the morning after the crash show metal that has been ripped from the wing of the Airbus and a larger hole in the smaller plane.
The fragments of the jumbo jet’s wing were scattered across the tarmac where the planes were parked.
‘This wasn’t just two air planes bumping together. The Air France plane really creamed the regional jet,’ said Bill Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation, an industry funded group that promotes global aviation safety’.
The Airbus A380 was taxiing out to a runway when its left wingtip crashed into the tail of the Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet, operated by Comair for Delta Air Lines and stopped on an intersecting taxiway, whipping the smaller plane around nearly 90 degrees.
Air France said 485 passengers and 25 crew members were aboard the Paris-bound Flight 7. The flight operated by Comair was carrying 62 passengers and four crew members.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, board spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said.
An audio recording of conversations between the JFK controller responsible for coordinating the movement of planes on the tarmac and the two aircraft indicates that the Comair plane was trying to exit the taxiway but may have stopped short because of congestion on the ramp, Voss said.
Communication from the John F. Kennedy airport’s ground control records suggest that the A380 was instructed to go to a runway and was cleared to turn left onto a taxiway to wait.
The Airbus is the world’s largest jetliner and has a wingspan of almost 80 metres. In November Qantas grounded its entire fleet after one of the planes had to make an emergency landing when part of one of its engines disintegrated over Indonesia.

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