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

May 14, 2018


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.

  • TheQiwiMan


  • 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.

  • Wooder

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

  • Eric Ord


    Video reminds me of the relationship between me and The_Wretched >:(

  • Irina Abramovich

    I didn't know you two were in a relationship? Are you guys brothers?

  • Eric Ord

    Idk ask him

    I would but he blocked me

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