Poor A380s just cant ever catch a break.

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  1. Lufthansa Flyer
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    Damn those sneaky buildings... Always jumping out of nowhere.
     
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    These planes just don't seem to fully realize how big they are, sort of like an awkward child after a big growth spurt. It's starting to seem like a bull in a china shop where the bull has enormous mass as well as size when it picks on poor defenseless smaller airplanes.
     
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    Did the same thing happen for some time after the original 747 was introduced? There have been now, IIRC, four of these incidents. Luckily nobody was injured and it was just costly to repair. One wonders why it is not possible to install some fairly basic sensors and warning devices to resolve these issues. Works wonders in cars, they are cheap and the weight almost nothing. Seems obvious, does it not?
     
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    Good point! When I was an active pilot we used to call that "hangar rash" whether it happened in a hangar or not. It happens with every size of aircraft. Come to think of it the same thing happens with cars, doesn't it? It is just lots more dramatic when the airplane is bugger than the biggest house!!
     
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    maybe they need to add addtl ground exercises in the simulators. I bet this pilot was not a rookie Airbus driver. Wonder if this comes out of the pilots paycheck:D....
     
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    Naa, the lizard will pay - they have full comp and collision with Geico. Even uninsured driver coverage, I believe ;-)
     
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    15 minutes can save you 15 million on your a380 insurance.....awesome! :eek:
     
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    Looking at the video it looks like the bus was being towed. I'm not clear who was driving when the scrape happened.
     
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    I've seen CRJs touch wingtips on the ground. In fact, whenever I observe wingtips, I always imagine that it's part of good manners for the planes to keep them folded up when at airports in order to make it easier for other planes to park nearby.
     
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    you must not have seen the mythbusters eppy where they busted the myth that bulls aren't graceful and unable to navigate tight spaces. They built a china shop of various configurations and had the bulls run the course. Surprisingly the bulls were quite graceful and didn't create the expected carnage to the china.
    </nerd>

    LOL!
     
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    I had read that the aircraft was towed when the accident happened (do they still have a pilot on the flight deck during towing?), but the video in the OP was taken after the accident, I think.

    Some pics that show the building with the aircraft... And the wingtip stuck in the building. Wonder if someone was in that corner office during the hit.

    http://www.airlinereporter.com/2011/06/airbus-a380-wing-hits-building-at-paris-airshow/

    BTW, did they fix the aircraft real quickly, or did they fly in another test aircraft in Airbus livery for this photo?

    http://mediagallery.usatoday.com/Scenes+from+the+2011+Paris+Air+Show/G2410
     
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    I apologize to the bulls.
     
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    I had understood that there was a substitute KE A380 which was volunteered to be flown in for the airshow, but it wouldn't be in Airbus livery.
     
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    Right, the picture supposedly shows both with the Airbus-liveries one flying.
     
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    The Airbus A380 was back at Le Bourget on Wednesday morning after having spent two days in Toulouse to fix the wingtip. Here is what Airbus wrote in a press release on the 22nd:
     

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