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Wednesday, July 01, 2009


Another Airbus A3XX has flown straight to hell during air turbulence and killed the passengers. Yemenia Flight 626 crashed Tuesday morning off Comoros. One girl was lucky enough to have survived this one. The other 152 passengers and crew weren't so lucky. The Airbus A3XX series all share the common cheap plastic vertical stabilizer, and share the major structural defect that comes apart and kills everyone on board.

AP News on Yahoo Tue Jun 30, 2009. A Yemeni owned Airbus carrying 153 people crashed in the Indian Ocean as it came in for a landing during turbulent winds on the island nation of Comoros. Yemeni officials said a teenage girl survived. The crash came two years after aviation officials reported faults with the plane, an Airbus 310 flying the last leg of a journey from Paris and Marseilles to Comoros, with a stop in Yemen to change planes.

French and Comoros officials are blaming Yemeni Airlines for the crash. Stephane Salord, the Comoros' honorary consul in Marseilles, called Yemenia's aircraft "flying cattle trucks." "This A310 is a plane that has posed problems for a long time, it is absolutely inadmissible that this airline Yemenia played with the lives of its passengers this way," he said.

Yemen's transport minister said the crashed A310 underwent a thorough inspection in May under Airbus supervision.

The aircraft which crashed is registered in Yemen but is indirectly owned by the U.S. government after a federal bailout of insurer AIG, parent of the world's largest aircraft leasing firm by fleet value, International Lease Finance Corp.

The French are sending a ship to the area. No photos of the broken tail have yet been published.

This is only the latest of a long series of structural failures of the A3XX series Airbus disasters. The whole A3XX series shares a common cheap plastic vertical stabilizer that is known to crack and fail during turbulence.

AA vertical Stabukuzer
American Airlines Airbus A300 Vertical Stabilizer
being lifted out of NY harbor

APTOPIX Brazil Plane
Brazilian Navy recovers Air France vertical stabilizer from Atlantic.

Air NZ Airbus tail
Airbus 320 tail from NZ Airbus

These are just the ones we have photos for, There are more.

On May 12, 1997, American Airlines A300-605, another Airbus A3XX. was involved in a near-crash near West Palm Beach, FL. On that occasion the plane's vertical stabilizer delaminated near the attachment bolts that keep it fastened to the rest of the airplane. Fortunately for the pilot and passengers the plane didn't completely come apart, but it served notice to Airbus and all air safety officials that something is very rotten in Denmark.

The FAA and NTSB should immediately ground all A3XX planes in the US. French safety officials should immediately stop all A3XX flights from France. More Frenchmen have now died than people from any other nation. But they look away. It's not PC to blame Airbus for its flying disaster. Blaming Airbus for the A3XX structural failures could be seen as pro-Boeing. Government officials and all the media are heavily indoctrinated in pro-socialist, anti-American prejudice. Boeing's safe airplanes are built by greedy American capitalists. French Airbus A3XX planes are built by socialist governments (much like former Soviet Union making shoes with the heel at the front). So the socialist news editors and government air transportation safety officials work to divert attention. Divert attention to finding “black boxes.” Blame the pilots. Blame the instruments. Blame the computer. Blame the airline. Blame anybody and anything other than the major structural defect that everyone knows is the problem. The tail falls off in mid flight!

Also see Bob's previous article: Airbus Hasn't Fixed its Vertical Stabilizer

Do not fly on an A3XX Airbus until they are all fixed.

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Blogger MarkyMark said...


This begs a couple of obvious questions. One, why doesn't Airbus FIX such an obvious design flaw? Two, why do airlines keep PURCHASING planes that have such a serious design flaw? I don't care how sweet a deal Airbus give the airline (e.g. GIVING the now defunct Eastern Airlines four A300s when it first tried breaking in to the American market), it isn't good BUSINESS to fly planes that have this nasty habit of crashing!

This reaction is totally different to a similar, past episode: the BAC Comet. As you'll remember, it was the first, pressurized jet. As such, there were metal fatigue issues of which BAC was unaware, since this technology was new. The windows had sharp, rather than rounded, corners. This caused cracks, which ultimately led to several Comets breaking up in flight. The entire fleet was grounded until the problem was found. Boeing then fielded their 707, and the rest was history.

The Comet was grounded after a handful of catastrophic, in flight failures, whereas the Airbus CONTINUES to fly! The Airbus, in spite of having a serious, well known design & construction flaw, continues to fly in spite of that flaw! Why is it the situations of the Comet vs. the A3XX series is handled so differently, even though they're both well known, fatal flaws? I have difficulty wrapping my arms around this...


July 02, 2009 8:14 PM  
Blogger flyman said...

This author should not be allowed to publish his bigotted , non factual views. As I haven't the time that he has, i will summarise.
1. ALL Airbus VTP and HTP are carbon composite. As are many other a/c. It is NOT cheap plastic. A level of ignorance there I think.
2. In the event of a crash etc it is possible that protruding parts become detached upon impact. Like the VTP and HTP.
3. It was proven in a previous incident that aggressive movement commands by the pilot resulted in VTP failure. The airline training programme was at fault and Boeing and airbus issued a joint statement (a first!)as such.
4. Airbus may be cited as french but, UK design/build ALL wings, Belgium design/build ALL slats, Germany design/build ALL VTPs and fuselages, Spain design/build ALL HTPs, France and Germany assemble them to the complete a/c.
5. This business model is being replicated amongst most manufacturers now due to the development cost of a new a/c. Boeing 787 is very similar.
6. The political bias of the French government has NO impact on the safety of Airbus a/c. These a/c have to be certified by various regulatory authorities around the world (inc FAA for USA) before they are allowed to fly commercially.

I really wish people weren't allowed to put such misleading information on the web. It just goes to put misguided concern in peoples minds.

July 03, 2009 1:38 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Note to MarkyMark and flyman:
The airlines continue to buy the cheap plastic airplanes because they are CHEAP plastic planes.

Yes, grounding of these unsafe airplanes would cause economic ripples in many nations. The governments and air safety bureaucrats would rather look the other way as long as its only a few hundred people per year being killed. There is huge economic pressure to blame anything else and divert attention from the structural defects in the design.

July 03, 2009 6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just goes to show you that corruption is everywhere, not just in law enforcement.

July 04, 2009 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...


It strikes me you're simply more anti-Airbus and anti-overseas product than truly concerned about flight safety.

You don't seem to have mentioned the numerous known faults with American types, for instance, the Boeing 737 rudder reversal problem. And perhaps it slipped your mind that Boeing's brand new 787 is made almost entirely of plastic!

You can say what you like about the A300s and A330s tail fin, both types are statistically safer than the comparable Boeing 767. So why aren't you telling people to avoid 767s? Maybe it's because they're built in Seattle rather than Toulouse?

Some of your examples are just plain wrong. AAL587 vertical stabiliser never failed, the metal lugs attaching it to the fuselage failed because they exceeded their ultimate design load (150%), thanks to repeated applications of opposite rudder in quick succession. Doing that in any airliner at speed will cause the tail fin to fail in some way; Boeing released a safety bulletin after AAL587 which basically said that.

August 21, 2009 8:41 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Note to Chris:
Your example of the 737 rudder problem had a different outcome. Boeing worked hard to identify the control problem and correct the faulty design. Airbus, in stark contrast, has worked to cover up and obscure its problem with the vertical stabilizers.

On AAL587 it was not the bolts that failed, but the plastic where it attached to the bolts. Whether it was the bolts themselves or the plastic, you prove my point. A plane that comes apart and kills all the passengers when a pilot operates any of the controls is inherently unsafe.

Also in contrast to the Airbus business philosophy, Boeing has again delayed production of its plastic airplane because destructive (overload) structural testing has found that some plastic components can delaminate when subjected to excessive stress. Boeing won't sell a plane that comes apart. Their "Dreamliner" is still on hold until they can find a design that doesn't fall apart.

August 22, 2009 6:07 AM  

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