Never leave the handbrake off on an Airbus A320

NewsflarePublished: July 14, 20177,233 views
Published: July 14, 2017

Footage has emerged from China of an empty passenger jet rolling backwards on the tarmac.

The clip, which was filmed in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia on July 12, 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.

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