Monday, 4 October 2010

Airbus A340-600 Rejected Take-Off Test

One of the tests to be undertaken for the certification of a new aircraft is the accelerate-stop with 'maximum energy braking' test. This test, which is based on brakes already close to their wear limit, is always one of the last to be performed and it is not unusual for unexpected events to occur.

In this particular instance the test proceded normally, with the target braking distance and brake energy levels being obtained during the deceleration. However, several minutes after the aircraft had come to a stand, damage occurred to a number of wheels.

It's a rather long 8-minute video and if you can't wait for the action, start at the 4-minute mark.