JFK Tower: “Air France, they think you may have hit somebody, so hold there and we’ll get back to you. Stand by.”
You think? Watch this video.
The Air France Airbus 380 (Flight AF007) hits the tail of a Comair Bombardier CJR-700 (Flight 6293).
Watching the video I thought of two things.
“Please remain seated with your seat belt fastened until the Captain has taxied to the gate.” Sound advice.
“Please return the stewardess to her original upright position.”
With 61 passengers and crew aboard the Bombardier and 580 aboard the Airbus it was a Good Thing that no one was injured. As the investigation continues, fingers are being pointed. It’s the pilot-in-command’s responsibility to “see and avoid” all traffic. Watch the video again and watch for something. As the Bombardier taxis to it’s spot, some dumbass in a pick up truck darts across its path. You never cross the path of a moving aircraft!
The Bombardier had to stop. The Airbus couldn’t even see it happen as it had already passed out the the cockpit’s view. Many will blame the mishap on the size of the Airbus. I disagree. NSTB investigators need to find out who was the asshat driving the truck.