Operational and maintenance oversights can render brakes ineffective.
One thing you would least expect to hear from ATC while en route is, “The tower at your departure airport just called and reported that significant pieces of your aircraft were left on the runway!” That would definitely cause some anxiety about your upcoming landing. And that’s exactly the situation confronting the flight crew of an Airbus A320 on May 26, 1997, after departing Bristol, England, en route to Mahon. They were informed that brake parts and hydraulic fluid had been found on ...
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