Emirates A340-500 tail strike at Melbourne on March 20 was caused by an apparent computer input error, according to Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators (ATWOnline, April 14). The preliminary factual report on the incident, issued yesterday in Canberra, found that despite five levels of cross-checking (as recommended by Airbus), an incorrect takeoff weight for the A340 with 257 passengers and 14 crew aboard was entered into the computers that calculate the takeoff speed and ...

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