Airbus A320 Left Moving Handbrake Off On The Tarmac

NewsflarePublished: July 14, 2017193,534 views
Published: July 14, 2017

Video footage has emerged from China of an empty passenger jet rolling backward on the tarmac. The clip, which was filmed in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia on July 12, 2018, shows a member of the ground crew running towards the Airbus A320, which rolls about 20 meters before he manages to chock the wheels and bring the aircraft to a halt.

According to local news, the crew removed the wheel chock as they thought the plane was ready to fly after all people on it left. It has slid for around 20 meters before it stopped.

The plane belonged to Loong Air, a Chinese domestic airline, and had landed in the airport not long ago after traveling from Tangshan, Hebei Province. The airport confirmed in a statement that all passengers and crew members were off the plane at the time of the incident. According to the same statement, the incident had not caused any disturbance to the operation of the airport, and the air traffic remained unaffected.

Wheel chocks are wedges of sturdy material placed closely against a vehicle's wheels to prevent accidental movement, in addition to setting the brakes. The bottom surface is sometimes coated in rubber to enhance grip with the ground. One edge of the wedge has a concave profile to contour to the wheel and increase the force necessary to overrun the chock.

It seems that accidents like this one are not as rare as you might think. These happen most typically not after embarkation but in the area where the aircraft is being regularly serviced. There is a famous incident that occurred in 2017 at Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, where a plane literally escaped the mechanic’s yard suffering damage in the process. The airport officials explain that a mechanic overlooked to fix the brakes and chock the wheels. It is then when the plane began to roll. The rogue plane rolled down a levee and hit a fence suffering substantial damage. It took a crane to remove the plane. Again, this incident had no impact on the operations of Henderson Executive Airport as it did not take place on the runway and no people were present at the sight.

If you liked the video at the top of the page, we are sure you will be interested in this one as well. It shows the results of an incident where airplane overshoots the runway. The filmers were driving towards Melbourne on their way home, approaching Lilydale Airport in Yering Victoria, when they came across a light airplane that had overshot the runway, sliding across the road to land on the other side in a ditch. It narrowly missed the cars driving in both directions of the road. Although it was raining heavily on a stretch of road with a speed limit of 80km/hr no one was injured and the pilot emerged from the plane unscathed.

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