Wednesday, May 8, 2013
What's wrong with this picture: Revealed
A bunch of sharp eyes out there - a number of you wrote in on this one! This Singapore A380 has, as many of you noted, taxied beyond the entry point for runway 24 Right. The taxiway beyond that point is not rated for an A380, and so the only available course of action is for a tug to come out and push the aircraft back sufficiently for it to be able to negotiate the turn onto the runway.
This is not the first time that this has happened; I personally witnessed a very similar thing happen with another carrier earlier this year. Then, as in this case, the A380 pilots had to shut down their engines before the ground crew would approach and hook up the tug. Meanwhile, other aircraft on the taxiway behind have to depart from the intersection. If an intersection departure is not an option for them, then they have to wait for the tug to reposition the A380 so that it can then take the runway and depart. As you might imagine, this takes a little while to accomplish.
Thanks again to CG for catching this last week!