Friday, November 05, 2010

Is the A-380 safe?

Absolutely. Nothing can go wring. And the tooth fairy is a lesbian. But I think that what worries me most though is the picture above. It appears that the crew were unable to shut down the No. 1 engine – hence the fire crew trying to "drown" it. The system is designed so that if the controls to the engine are severed, it continues running according to the last instructions received.

That means, it seems, that the engine cannot be shut down from the cockpit – or at all. Did no one think of an emergency ground shut-off? Even busses have those.