Delta jetliner rolls off taxiway during test
The Delta 737 rolled off a taxiway early Tuesday morning.
March 13th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

Delta jetliner rolls off taxiway during test

A Delta Airlines jetliner veered off a taxiway during maintenance testing at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport early Tuesday, causing significant damage to the aircraft, an airline spokesman said. No one was injured, he said.

"Mechanics testing the engines of a Boeing 737-700 this morning experienced a problem with the plane’s braking system," Delta spokesman Eric Torbenson said.

The plane left a taxiway near 8 Right at the airport, he said, and rolled partially down an embankment.

There were no passengers aboard, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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  1. Porchia

    While landing at LAX last week our Delta pilot decided to "dash board" the passengers while landing. I guess he wanted to make sure we were all awake.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. pilotski

    Who cares?

    March 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Sekula

      if you were in the way of that 30 ton aircraft you would,peni.

      March 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. skytag

    Apparently it didn't pass the test.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frequent Flyer

      No, it was an engine test, and they pushed off the taxiway just fine.

      March 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Honey, I'm home

    "rough day at work"

    March 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. theJackal

    Female mechanics? That's a six figure repair job. Someone's all done.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Sekula

      NAH! IN OUR AIRLINE THEY F-UP THEY MOVE UP,PROBABLY GOING TO GET A PROMOTION TO SUPERVISOR, THAT'S WHAT WE DO TO GET EM OFF THE FLOOR AND AWAY FROM THE AIRCRAFT SO THEY WONT HURT ANYTHING ANY MORE.

      March 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rivetboy

    Or, the real reason for the incident might be a brake system failure.Which is what the rep. stated.
    There certainly is a great deal of complete fabrication and total BS on this thread. google B 737 braking system and learn
    Then you can make intelligent comments and not look like a complete TOOL.
    Pilot
    Airplane owner

    March 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • SPARKY

      GOOGLE GENIUS HUH!

      AIRLINE AVIONICS TECHNICIAN
      21 YEARS

      March 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      Or, the real reason for the incident might be a brake system failure.Which is what the rep. stated.
      There certainly is a great deal of complete fabrication and total BS on this thread. google B 737 braking system and learn
      Then you can make intelligent comments and not look like a complete TOOL.
      Typical Pilot
      Airplane owner
      No Rivet boy

      March 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greek American

    Delta sucks! Almost $2K to fly round trip to Greece with stops. Planes are all dirty, cramped, and flight attendants could care less. Total monopoly now that will take your a*s in fees any time you travel.
    Airbus planes are nicer than Boeing.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Greek American

    Oh and don't even get me started on Delta Sky Miles program because that isn't even worth the time to complain about how bad it sucks a*s!

    March 13, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • scott

      I got an idea...fly somebody else...or do us all a favor and try to drive back to your broke homeland!!!!!!

      March 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    I always draw great comfort from the fact that the lowest bidder got the contract for building the subassemblies for these planes. That's something to keep in mind at 30,000 feet.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. scott

    There are test you do that turn off hydraulics...engines running...important part is to set parking brake first...my guess is that was not done!!!!!!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rivetboy

      Guessing is exactly what you are doing.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. scott

    Dont call me Shirley

    March 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. jigglelesslivemore

    I work on these pigs every day they do smell bad they don't look that nice and most people that travel on them do feel cramped as they can fly some long flight legs but one thing they are is very very reliable like stupid reliable. On top of that its the right seat or (break riders) job to watch the brake pressure. It is to early in the reporting to tell what really happened but I know if I wasn't paying attention and F'd up this bad I would blame it on a mechanical issue too. This is one thing that an asap report wouldn't help you keep your job with. Either way mechanical fault or not delta will probable feed them up to the feds. Oh and by the way scott America is more broke than Greece when you look at it as debt per capita its like $44,000 compared to Greece's $39,000. But one thing is for sure if your only paying 2000 for a round trip ticket to greece your lucky In five years it will be two to three times that much

    March 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. blip

    As a resident of Minnesota and a fan of engulfed-by-Delta Northwest Airlines, and as a flyer who's since been routed through Atlanta on the whim of our new air-lords, all I can say is WAY TO GO, DELTOIDS! Maybe next time you should read (if "reading" is an option for you dimwits) the part on the braking package about installing said package before testing it. OOPS.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Stewart Bonner

    Delta's flight safety video, Katherine Lee

    New tip:
    Leave your dog at home as Delta will kill it.

    March 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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