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. Joseph

    Oops.. It looks like we should have replaced the back brake pads too.

    March 13, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • 1stSgt-Topkick

      B-737's don't have "brake pads", only land vehicles. They have rotors and stators as part of an anti-skid braking system. Brake "pads" would burn out too easily at landing speeds in the 100 – 150 knot range.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan Bednarik

    That's what happens when you let the janitor drive.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. alyoop

    You're right, hecep. GK would have saved the day!

    March 13, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Patrick

    I did not know Toyota made airplanes!

    March 13, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Boris

      Patrick, this is funny. LOL

      March 13, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hey You

    You break it – you bought it!

    March 13, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Samurai Cowboy

    Another example of the work of highly trained, overpaid incompetent union employees

    March 13, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill Friedline

      Right on! Because non-union workers NEVER make mistakes! Your logic is astoundingly faulty. You must be in a union.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Lucinda

      Sorry, Samurai Cowboy--DELTA IS NON-UNION.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Not a samurai cowboy

      With a name like samurai cowboy, he has no time to make mistake in between episodes of howdy doody and dragon ball z

      March 13, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • nwapilot

      The only Unionized work group at Delta, is the pilots.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Boytjie

      Another example of a knee-jerk, don't-know-the-facts, union-hating talking head

      March 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    Interesting, to the airline and insurance company. But really who cares?

    March 13, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • kradmusdroid

      the insurance companies

      March 13, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • 1stSgt-Topkick

      The flying public since this may be an indication of the airlines safety practices (or lack thereof). It WAS an American Airlines flight attendant who went berserk on the cabin PA as the flight was taxiing out of DFW this week...

      March 13, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Highlander

    Surely, if they were running the engines they could have used reverse thrust (unless they weren't trained to do so).

    March 13, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • word-smythe

      Maybe not. And don't call me Shirley.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. corporatejetguy

    Give yourself an escape path and distance when you run engines!!! If running on wet ground fuel plane to make if heavier as going to power may skid the plane even if brakes are set. I hope there was another person in there to watch for brake release or skid while the other person is doing the power up!!!! Brakes just dont fail!!!!!!! Petroni is at the scene!!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. stvnkrs10

    Dont Ever Leave The Airport = DELTA

    March 13, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Frieda Von Luka

    No passengers? WHY NOT? Give 'em a thrill ride like all the other Delta flights....

    March 13, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    I miss Leslie Nielson. Don't call me Shirley.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. MXD

    There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

    March 13, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. bilbo

    Clearly the problem is the wings are bent.....

    March 13, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. bilbo

    Well now we know it can bank right.....

    March 13, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
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