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Botched water cannon salute grounds Virgin Atlantic flight when Foam is used.

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A Virgin Atlantic passenger jet was grounded after a botched ‘water cannon salute’ by airport fire tenders clogged up its engines by spraying thick foam instead of water. The water canon salute is the sort of flamboyant gesture for which Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline has become famous – and also marks something of a wider aviation tradition. The Virgin Atlantic plane – with its ‘Beauty Queen’ name emblazoned on the fuselage of the Airbus A330-300 - had just landed in Manchester… (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

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SootBox
SootBox 11
You had ONE job...
preacher1
preacher1 4
Wouldn't you have really hated to be the one that did that. There probably was not a big enough place to hide.
mariofer
mariofer 2
That is when you take the first flight out, no matter where to. Siberia? Yes, coach one way please.
KennyFlys
Ken Lane 1
Aren't those levers marked well?
jmilleratp
John Miller 2
The "fix" will be to have a comically large switch that is labeled, in large letters, WATER or FOAM!
Falconus
Falconus 8
Let's file that under "oops"...
preacher1
preacher1 2
That probably took somebody off the promotion list. LOL
joelwiley
joel wiley 6
Let's see them spin this one as pilot error 8-)
Moviela
Ric Wernicke 3
He did taxi right into foam!
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Photo seems to show the A/C dripping at the gate. Was it parked at the time?
preacher1
preacher1 1
I think that is after it came back.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
That makes more sense.
devsfan
ken young 1
LOL.....Yeah...That big dummy.
preacher1
preacher1 5
Actual pics did show a 330 but the video shows a 747. Really paying attention.
CaptainFreedom
Hey, they're kinda similar....the 747 just has that nasty little bump on its head...:)
sgbelverta
sharon bias 3
It's a big plane. That's all the news media needs a picture of.
davidrbarnes
David Barnes 1
I think the video is from this event:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2890093/Hero-Virgin-pilot-lands-747-jumbo-jet-weeping-passengers-broken-landing-gear-fault-forces-return-Gatwick.html and http://flightaware.com/squawks/view/1/24_hours/popular_new/45840/Virgin_Atlantic_43_has_gear_problem

The caption does identify it as "related" and references an emergency landing after a fault. The video caption doesn't specify that it is supposed to be video of THIS event. (Still can't explain why it is attached to this story, though.)
sgbelverta
sharon bias 4
Belongs on the web site: You Just had one job to do.
anthony96
Lmfao
guylessard
Guy Lessard 2
...Now wacth the next rule to come ... no more water salute for airplanes...,weakliest link rule the world !!
Moviela
Ric Wernicke 1
It seems that every airport fire service has one member of team that does not understand the mission on any given day. Most days things go well and they have nothing to do except hang around the fire house, grow moustache's, and cook bad chili.

You'd think a promotional appearance would be well planned and executed being that there is plenty of time and no pressure of life and property in danger. I can hear Sir Richard muttering under his breath "Monkey Country, No Bananas."
canuck44
canuck44 1
Could be worse...the guy could be aircrew.
peterscandlyn
It should buff out....
devsfan
ken young 1
NIce going....ACE.

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