British Airways A380 crushes the taxiway of a French Airport

    Yesterday, a British Airways Airbus A380 damaged the taxiway in Chateauroux, France. Three-quarters of the British flag carrier’s A380 fleet is now in long term storage at the French airport amid a global decline in the aviation industry.

    British Airways, Airbus A380, Taxiway Damage
    A British Airways Airbus A380 damaged the taxiway on arrival in Chateauroux yesterday.

    It’s been an unlucky week for British Airways. On Tuesday, the aircraft collided with the Emirati 777 while being pushed back in Dubai (check out the other blog link below). Now one of the Airbus A380s has damaged a taxiway in Chateauroux

    What happened?

    British Airways’ Airbus A380 flight G-XLED had torn up the edge of a taxiway at France’s Chateauroux Airport, Because, of the humongous weight of the A380. British Airways uses the airport for training. However, it has also now become a spot for the resting of the fleet.

    British Airways, Airbus A380, Taxiway Damage
    The aircraft flew down to Chateauroux yesterday

    G-XLED departed from London Heathrow at 08:32 British Time yesterday morning. Following a short hop south, it arrived in Chateauroux at 10:30 Central European Time.

    British Airways, Airbus A380, Taxiway Damage
    While being marshaled into its parking spot, the aircraft’s wheel dug into the ground.

    After it arrived in Chateauroux, the aircraft marshalled into position along with the other Airbus A380s at the airport. However, while the plane was moving into its designated place, it rolled onto an area outside of the taxiway that was not strong enough to support the heavy giant.

    British Airways, Airbus A380, Taxiway Damage
    How the taxiway may have come to be damaged.

    However, at this time, it remains unconfirmed which wheels dug into the surface. Thankfully, the aircraft didn’t get stuck and was able to taxi out of the hole it had created.


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