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. dutspup

    apparently the reverse thrust didnt work either.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    My best flying experiences are with Southwest airline. And remember, " Bags Fly Free "

    March 13, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Once on a trip on Southwest with my wife, I tried to convince them that I heard their commercials say "hags fly free," They didn't buy it, so I had to.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • L1011

      And please keep flying southwest! You go ahead and stop 5 times from ATL to LAX!!

      March 13, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good thing it was only a test...
      bc(iah): SW is the only airline I fly on.
      Much more convenient to fly from Midway than O'Hare, anyway.

      You're cracking me up.
      You have been, for a while.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    OK, do I have to be the first one to point out it was Obama's fault? Come on people, you're off your game today!

    March 13, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. BigBoom

    I know things have been going downhill at Delta since the NWA merger, but this proves it!

    March 13, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • L1011

      Downhill? Delta is the only airlines that paid their employees a nice profit sharing check this year! Name one perfect airline. I will always fly Delta. It's worth the $25 bag fee.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • NeutralMind

      Events like this happen. No big deal. It is not Delta's fault.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • L1012

      In reply to L1011, where do you get your facts and figures from? I know for a FACT Delta was not the ONLY airline to pay a nice profit sharing check to their employees. Try...JetBlue?

      March 13, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • GJDeleon

      I got it BigBom, others are a little slow today.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      Maybe if my company filed for bankruptcy.

      Did not have to pay the creditors, dump the pensions lay off workers.

      Then they could post profit.

      I will never fly Delta or United for that reason.

      At least American is trying to figure a way out without dumping the pensions.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • waxinjaxin

      Ivan – AA is trying to figure out a way not to dump the pensions because the PBGC is playing hardball with them, not out of some sense of altruism.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      @ waxinjaxin

      PBGC is playing hardball because they did not have time to do that with Delta or United.

      Delta or United did it so fast that the PBGC did not have a chance to react.

      Sneaky SOB’s.

      American still trying to do what they can to prevent massive layoffs

      The layoffs that Delta or United did was without bad.

      Then they replaced the employees with inexperienced low paid employees.

      What is next outsource to India or China.???

      March 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rooster Cogburn

    They must have forgot the dog...

    What is ideal Flight Deck complement for a modern airliner?

    A Captain, a Co-pilot and a dog. The dog is there to bite the captain if he tries to touch the controls, and the co-pilot is there to feed the dog.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Patti

    The only thing we know for certain is that they will need to change their uniform pants!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    I wonder what was on their iPads at the time...maybe the AA flight attendant that wigged out a few days ago really knew what she was talking about...

    March 13, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Samuel R. Preston, III

    That should buff right out.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    They were on coffee break, on the way to 7-11 to get a pack of smokes, and realized "Hey, this isn't my Corolla."

    March 13, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    Fricking Union Goons!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • waxinjaxin

      Delta mechanics are non-union.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      since when?

      March 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Snakes on the Plane

    Yup, that's what happened.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. KIlldeer

    Gotta turn the hydraulics on there, guys

    March 13, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Over Macho Grande?

    I don't think I'll ever get over Macho Grande.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. BerlinBear

    Maybe they were testing to see the results in the luggage area of a flight going off the runway

    March 13, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mabel

    Big deal.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
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