Photos of Note: A380′s too-close encounter at Paris (Update)


Photo of Note: A380's too-close encounter at Paris

Airbus A380 F-WWDD MSN004
PARIS — When a superjumbo gets just a bit too close, this is what can happen. Here’s a view from a different angle. A380 MSN004 returned to Toulouse late Monday evening for repairs. The prang occurred just after the aircraft landed and was being towed from the taxiway to the static display, and was not under its own power at the time of the incident.
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22 Responses to Photos of Note: A380′s too-close encounter at Paris (Update)

  1. NYBanker June 21, 2011 at 6:47 am #


  2. TL June 21, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Male drivers…

  3. Therm0 June 21, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    The wing fence sticking out of the side of the building is somewhat humourous…sad that the folks who went to Paris to see the 380 won’t get that chance, but life happens…

  4. m June 21, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Surely photoshopped?? :-)

  5. John in CA June 21, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    ‘Tis just a scratch’………

    It will buff right out…..

  6. Mark Cassidy June 21, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I love how the wing fence loks like the Embraer logo. Almost looks like It is part of the building!

  7. Mister Tee June 21, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    It would make a fine can opener if the whole flying convention center doesn’t work out.

  8. SkyWalker June 21, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    The sun must have gotten in the pilots’ eyes… :)

  9. johnny stick June 21, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    To big to fail… oh wait… to big to taxi. Trust us… all airports know how to handle us.. you should buy one..or ten.

  10. Dave in Seattle June 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    How secure is the wing walkers job ?

  11. BennyJ June 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    How could they fly it back to Toulouse? Wouldn’t that be a safety risk? The wing looked pretty damaged…

  12. StarBlue June 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    The wing looks like it took a little damage, nothing that would affect safety of flight. I don’t think too many aircraft have fuel tanks that far out. Usually fairly light area as there is a lot of wing flex. The damage is also a long ways from the outboard ailerons so shouldn’t affect control. Probably a heavy duty inspection to ensure nothing else cracked or damaged, plus a little chewing gum and bailing wire and she probably had a short flight back for a repair.

    However all of that said. Still funny!

  13. Lee June 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Wow – this is far more embarrassing than I first thought it would be. Photographs like this one have a way of becoming classics.

  14. dopydem June 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    How about curb feelers?

  15. Dave June 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Did the tug driver work for Boeing??

  16. Scott Weinberg June 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Gosh! Not another A380 damaged yet again! They got be extremely careful out there. It could get serious damaged. No one who responsible for that.

  17. Bill Mosby June 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    About 20 years ago, one of the large hangars at the Air Force Museum bore some very long horizontal marks on some of its internal air conditioning ductwork on opposite sides of the hangar. Seems the wing of the B-36 on display there “almost” fit between the ducts, from what I could observe. It would have been interesting to have heard that towing operation when it happened.

  18. Doug Swalen June 22, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    You’re going to need a bigger boat…er…taxiway…

  19. richiebogie June 22, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    It is not always a blessing being so well endowed!

    That at least has been my experience!

  20. William June 22, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Uh, looks like it is a little more serious that the first report of a “wingtip touched the side of a building”….so much for accurate journalism.

  21. SDFlight June 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    Already repaired and back at PAS.

    Greetings from EDHI

  22. Rodney Marinkovic July 4, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Where is procedures? Wat amaters doing around A380?
    Hay people (ground staff) you fast forgotn brand new
    A340 from ETIHAD, you destroyed on engine run on the
    ground. Poor Insurences and EADS in last innstances.
    I love A380 and Arbus aircrafts in general, but not
    you inresponsble people. Time is for change!
    AIRBUS deserve excelence, bickose is aircraft of
    RODNEY MARINKOVIC, Aircraft Mechanical Engineer (ret.)