Post by Cees Binkhorst
Andrew Grossman in the Wall Street Journal of April 12. 2011 wrote a.o.
'It appeared that the smaller plane had moved too soon, according to a
person familiar with the matter.'
Unless the CRJ had its thrust reversers on, it couldn't have moved "too
soon" into the path of the 380. It is more likely that it stopped too
soon, still too close to the taxiway.
Or was the CRJ being towed away from gate ?
Now, consider a case of a 777-300 instead of the CRJ. Stopping where the
CRJ stopped would have left a huge part of the 777 blocking the taxiway.
So, if the CRJ's taxiway had a "stop sign" there, to await marshalling
to the gate, then that stop sign is in error.
Don't know about you, but if I were the A380 pilot, and I see a parked
CRJ dangerously close to the edge of the taxiway, wouldn't that be cause
for concern ? 380 pilots have to be aware that their wings extend way
past the edge of the taxiway, right ?
Don't A380 pilots have views from cameras in different locations on the
aircraft to help prevent exactly this kind of accident ?
Shouldn't the pilots have radioed something akin to "we are
uncomfortable with a comair CRJ's position close to our taxiway, can you
confirm we have sufficient clearance ?"
When you look at the speed at which the 380 pushed the CRJ aside, it
looks to me like the 380 was moving at normal taxxing speed and thus not
concerned about clearance at all. Did they even see the CRJ ?
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