Korean Airlines A380 strikes light poles at LAX, causing minor damage

A Korean Airlines A380 hit a lightpole on Wednesday night. How does this happen? Photo: Your blogger.

A Korean Airlines A380 hit a lightpole on Wednesday night. How does this happen? Photo: Your blogger.

A taxiing Korean Airlines A380 struck some light poles Wednesday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport, causing slight damage to one of its wings, authorities said Thursday.

While KE012 was taxing to the gate under the guidance of a ramp vehicle, the vehicle misguided the taxiway,” Korean Airlines said in a statement. “As a result, the light cover at the end of the wing touched the ground lighting facility.”

The incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, airport officials said. Later, the plane was bound for Seoul and was scheduled to depart at 11:30 p.m. It did not, however, leave as scheduled.

“During the ground checking, a scratch was found at the end of the wing,” the Korean statement said. “An alternative aircraft was deployed. KE012 is expected to arrive at Incheon International Airport with 10 hours and 40 minutes of delay.”

Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the FAA, said federal controllers were not part of the incident.

“FAA air traffic controllers were not directing the aircraft when the incident occurred,” he said.

An LAX spokeswoman gave this statement. “The approximately 30-foot-tall light poles were bent (not broken) and are located near the west remote gates.  Airport maintenance and electrical crews are expected to repair the light poles.”

There were 23 crew and 361 passengers on board, Korean said.


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Colby Fire in Angeles National Forest has limited impact on L.A. aviation

As local readers know, Los Angeles has a forest fire burning in the Angeles National Forest, about 30 miles northeast of downtown L.A. As of late Thursday morning, an FAA spokesman said, there have not been any delays at any of the region’s airports. There has been, however a Temporary Flight Restriction around the fire meant to protect air crews trying to put out the blaze. It’s in effect until Jan. 19.

I was at LAX this morning, and the scene was ominous.Keep reading to see a video of a landing of a Qantas A380. Can you believe how dark it is?

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Emirates brings its A380 to Los Angeles, North America’s super jumbo jet hub

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Emirates is now flying its A380 to Los Angeles, giving LAX its ninth daily flight on the massive double-decker jet. The first Emirates A380 was to arrive in Los Angeles today.

LAX has by far the most daily A380 flights in the United States, a point of pride for airport officials, who have spent most of the past decade improving the airport so it can accept the super large jets. And while the A380 is not selling particularly well, a bunch of aviation experts told me last month that LAX probably will remain a A380 hub for the foreseeable future. The city’s population is big enough to handle very large aircraft, they say.

The Emirates flight to Dubai is among the longest in the world. The flight from LAX is blocked at 15 hours and 50 points. From Dubai to Los Angeles, the flight is blocked at 16 hours 30 minutes.

Here are the current A380 flights from LAX:

  • Qantas (2) – Sydney, Melbourne
  • Air France (1) – Paris
  • Singapore (1) – Tokyo
  • Korean (2) – Seoul
  • China Southern (1) - Guangzhou
  • British Airways (1) – London
  • Emirates (1) – Dubai
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LAX Source: Jet blast from A380 blows over some cargo containers

UPDATE: LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles confirmed the incident said a luggage cart toppled over. ““We were fortunate this incident occurred only once and that we were able to do quickly develop a workaround solution to this problem in the future,” Castles said. “There was no damage to aircraft or people.”

Earlier this month, jet blast from Airbus A380 taxiing near the Tom Bradley International Airport blew over several cargo containers, an aviation source told L.A. Airspace.

The incident was relatively minor, the source said, but the Federal Aviation Administration is nonetheless changing its procedures at LAX.

The problem is at Gate 156 on the South Concourse of the new building, which opened on Sept. 18. When A380s taxi near that gate, they are capable of creating so much air that it can actually move ground equipment. In some instances of jet blast, exhaust blast can even move airplanes.

I asked FAA spokeswoman Ian Gregor about the Gate 156 problem, and he confirmed that controllers are using a workaround. He’s what he said:

The new TBIT Gate 156 experienced jet blast when an A380 on Taxiway S made a right turn on Taxiway C while taxiing out for departure on Runway 25L. As a result, we are no longer turning A380s right onto Taxiway C from Taxiway S. Now, we move them north on Taxiway S, west on Taxiway D and south on Taxiway R.

Curious about the power of jet blast? Watch this video.

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Watch an Emirates A380 land at New York John F. Kennedy Airport

What’s it like to land an Airbus A380?

This slickly produced video from Dubai-based Emirates Airlines details what it’s like to land the double-decker jet at New York John F. Kennedy Airport. Emirates will start flying the A380 to Los Angeles on Dec. 2. It replaces a Boeing 777.

In August, Emirates celebrated its 5th year of A380 flights with this graphic.

In August, Emirates celebrated its 5th year of A380 flights.

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