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. snowdogg

    This is just plane crazy!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • jenn

      Haha!! That was funny. Well said!

      March 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. OldGoat

    Actually, the mechanics testing the plane wanted to do a little off-roading but couldn't keep the wings from dragging on the ground.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. john

    I was on this flight, most scariest time of my life. It felt like the plane was going to roll over. Thank God we made it through it

    March 13, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • RickMilw the article before you post so you don't make a fool of yourself.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • GOPDisillusioned

      Ummm, my guess is that John read the article.... and was .... drum roll please..... making a JOKE. I got it, anyway.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • glimroc

      OMG – You must be one of the Mechanics. I'm sure your lawyer would not want you posting about your catastrophic failure. Thank you for letting me know that mechanics from Delta, like yourself, are inept.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GOPDisillusioned

    Looks like a -700 model. Too bad; Delta only has 10 of those and they are nice airplanes. An MD-88 on the other hand, would have been no big deal.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liar Patrol

      John... read the whole article before you lie. THERE WERE NO PASSENGERS...

      March 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichMan

      Liar Patrol: Read (and understand) the whole post before you reply

      March 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RickMilw


    March 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chad

    Good job by the media, as usual, of sensationalizing what was essentially a non-event. To read ANY headline main page link about this story, you'd think a jetliner loaded with passengers went careening over the side of an embankment. Oh wait... no one aboard? It was a test to begin with? Wow.

    Delta's lawyers should be getting in touch with the media to discuss their misleading and sensational headlines.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      nah this way people get to know that it's better to fly with an airbus 😉

      March 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MWG

    Oh geeze, I hope the mechanics have good union representation on this one.... Braking issue? I think driver error is more likely.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • fangpi

      With the exception of its pilots and a few dispatchers, Delta is non-union.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. glimroc

    I hope the report has a big ole' fat stamp with huge font that says "TEST FAILED"

    March 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jay2124

    Delta is a terrible airline anyways, and this further proves my point.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. just a guy

    I was on that flight too, spilled my beer and they would not refund it.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Schlangemann

    Not news. I'm calling schennanegans!

    March 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. just a guy

    I may not have been hurt in a car but Willaim Matar will take my whiplash case for this one.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anthony

    I was on the flight also. It was absolutely terrifying. The flight attendant kept screaming about 9/11 and then she broke into the cabin and started wildly kissing the pilot, who was so drunk that she looked attractive......hence, the veering off the runway. It wasn't the joystick honey......

    March 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GMcG

    I can fix this. My Dad's a TV repair man and has this awesome set of tools.

    March 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. StanSki

    "Delta Airlines Flight 536 now arriving at Gate 12... Gate 13... Gate 14... Gate 15...."

    March 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Roger, Roger.

      March 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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