With over 20 vehicles surrounding it, this aircraft is having some kind of emergency
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By: charlene

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Anonymous
@ 2005-05-10 17:00:37
what is the huge white streak coming from the port wing and back towards the tail? is that an engine fire? is it normal for fire crews to be that far from the plane if it were a fire?
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@ 2005-05-13 22:33:21
I don't know. I thought it was an optical illusion caused by sunlight directly hitting the rudder.

Doesn't look like a fire to me; if it were a fire, you're right, the crews would not be so far from the aircraft, and they would have sprayed foam around it by the time the entire truck committee had gotten there. Also, there are no reports of an aircraft fire at JFK in the past five years.

It might be a training exercise, a medical emergency, a security emergency, or a mechanical problem. It's impossible to tell from the image if the aircraft had aborted a takeoff, or if it had landed normally and taxied to the end of the runway.
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@ 2005-08-15 18:11:12
This appears to be an exercise. In an actual emergency one would see the emergency escape slides coming from the aircraft and the emergency vehicles would be closer.

As aircraft take off and land into the wind, the nose is pointing into the wind. As a certified aircraft firefighter I can tell you that fire trucks ALWAYS approach an aircraft fire from up wind, in this case the nose.

The white triangle coming from the port wing is almost certainly a glitch in the image and not something actually on the aircraft.

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Anonymous
@ 2005-08-24 15:01:40
Google Earth has photo from another date (no plane)
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Anonymous
@ 2005-12-06 08:12:12
What you are actually seeing in that picture is this;
http://www.iasa.com.au/folders/Safety_Issues/RiskManagement/softgroundarrest.html

A DC-10 Cargo plane overshot the runway
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Anonymous
@ 2005-12-06 08:12:59
MD-11, sorry.
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@ 2006-01-24 15:42:18
Airplane no longer in image after Google Local database update on January 23, 2006.