I Want Off: Large Taxiing Plane Shears Tail Fin Off Another At Airport

May 14, 2018

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This is a short video from the Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey of an Airbus A321 shearing the tail fin (vertical stabilizer) off an Airbus A330 while taxiing to the runway. I think I speak for everyone when I say if I was on either one of those planes I would want off immediately. Like, open an emergency door and slide down the inflatable slide immediately. I don't want to ride on a plane with a pilot who doesn't know where his plane is at 10MPH (I imagine he told authorities the other plane came out of nowhere, just like those four pre-flight cocktails), and I certainly don't want to ride on a plane with no tail fin. I DO want to ride on an airplane with a ball pit and an all-you-can-eat buffet. "Keep dreaming, GW." It's all I know.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Stephanie B, for reminding me how much I hate flying, not that I don't already think about it constantly.

  • wisechiver

    They only need the vertical stabilizer when flying....so. (according to the manual)

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  • Alex Hamilton

    Do they get out and exchange insurance information?

  • Jenness

    I'm amazed when these things happen. Those Airbus pilots usually are amazingly well-trained - or maybe it was the ground crew, the other plane's pilots and they were led into it?

  • Doog

    I'm just surprised it wasn't a Malaysian Airline...

  • Munihausen

    Too soon.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Not soon enough.

  • Doog

    That's fair. It was back in the news again today though.

    I'm wondering though is there some type of official severity to time ratio/chart to show how long until it's no longer "too soon" to crack a joke about a tragedy?

  • Munihausen

    I am only kidding. As for when something is ok to joke about, that is one radioactively-relative issue. Genghis Kahn kills ~10% of the Earth's population in the 13th Century, nobody cares. 6M Poles killed in WW2, nobody really cares. ~1M Europeans enslaved into Africa and the Middle East between 16-19th centuries.
    [insert_obvious_counterexamples]. Many people think the tens of millions killed under Communist regimes were simply kinks to get out of exercise of true Utopian socialism.

    Basically, it is never ok to joke about anything for some people. Those people should be ignored.

  • Doog

    I assumed you were joking, but it's good to get verification. You're right though it's mostly subjective. Some people find jokes about a tragedy mere days or weeks later while others never do.

    The other aspect of the 'Severity - Time' ratio is 'Closeness'. Whether it's the location the event happened opposed to where the joke is told or the type of people impacted by the tragedy. Honestly looking at it that way just makes it feel more cold-hearted and geographically apathetic. Maybe somethings just aren't meant to be measured. Or maybe I'm just bad at measuring things.

  • I saw a comedy show where a dude made a Lincoln/Wilkes-Booth joke and someone yelled "too soon".

  • Doog

    That's pretty good

    Me - "When Jesus died the Devil was finally able to CROSS him off his list"
    That Guy - "Too soon!"

    (Note: Not a real situation or even a funny joke, but I had to come up with something involving an event older than Lincoln and this was the best I could do on the spot)

  • TheQiwiMan

    NAILED IT.

  • Bling Nye

    Istanbul was Constantinople
    Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
    Been a long time gone, Oh Constantinople
    Now it's Turkish terror on a tragic flight

  • Anyone else feel like that song has the same tune as "putting on the ritz"?

  • GeneralDisorder

    You know what I learned is that They Might Be Giants weren't the first ones to perform that song. In fact it was a cover. It was actually from 1953.

    Also, completely uninteresting song anecdote. It's apparently a response to another ridiculous song from the 1928 C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra. Constantinople was mostly known as Istanbul from about 1922 on. Some (presumably non-Turkish people) still call is Constantinople.

  • Bling Nye

    You're not alone. Here's what I found:

    "Only the first four notes of the two songs are the same; from there, "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" leaps up into a falling line, while "Puttin' on the Ritz" repeats (on a different beat) the original rising line. Both depend on a similar syncopation, but "Puttin On the Ritz" also adds the rhythmic device of repeating the same line on different beats of the bar, which trick is not used in "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)." In short, while the later song might be "based on" the earlier, it's pretty darned loosely based!" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...

  • Shit! Nice work!

  • Wooder

    Someone is going to take this as an attack on Turkey and its airlines. Can't help stupid...

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