A good number of you responded to this edition of WWWTP. Thanks to one and all for once again demonstrating the popularity of this series. I regret that it has lately become a rarity. So, what is wrong with this picture? I'll start by showing you a shot from a minute or so before the picture in question:
Although it's not critical to the story, it does provide a little background. Here we see a couple of aircraft on Taxiway E, waiting to depart, while an El Al B777 is about to touch down on Runway 24 Left. Southwest is first, holding short of Taxiway V, with an Emirates A380 behind. Here are a couple more shots, unrelated except that they show how most aircraft access Runway 24 Left via Taxiway E for departure:
|The yellow chevrons on the concrete behind JetBlue indicate an area that, while paved, is not part of the runway, and which is not available for aircraft use.|
This photo best illustrates what happened here: the A380 has gone past Taxiway V, which is the entry point for Runway 24 Left departures. Taxiway E does continue on, which can (as in this case) mislead pilots into thinking that they have not yet reached the full length of the runway. To illustrate, refer to this LAX airport diagram:
This is the specific part of the diagram, showing the east end of the north complex:
Meanwhile, subsequent departures are obligated to use Taxiway E8 to access the runway, as seen here:
Finally, about fifteen minutes later, the tug's duty is done and the A380 is in a position to enter the runway:
As several of you said, this is not the first time that this has happened, nor the first time I've shown it to you. Nearly every day at LAX, a pilot misses the entry point for Runway 24 Left. The difference is that nearly any other airplane can utilize D7 or E7 to recover.
Bonus points for those who noted the Airbus family photo!