This comes from taxiing with the flaps deployed. I have seen Ground Crew walk into flaps also. Why the need to have the flaps deployed BEFORE even taxiing??? Never in 34+ years did I taxi with flaps! My Dad would have wacked me for doing that. Set at hold-short and raise at the turnoff!! Dad flew from 1938 until 1997, if it had wings I think he had the controls at least once...lol..
Having flown in and out of Birmingham at least a hundred times during my 35 years in the cockpit. I will say that during night operations it has one of most deceiving approaches, especially during low visibility and low ceiling weather. I did aborts more there than any other airport I flew into. The ridge line can become imposable to see at times on Visual Approaches in marginal ceilings.
I HAVE ask... HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN??? As having 32+ years in the cockpit, we never went to the WRONG City!!! Let alone the WRONG Continent!! Holy-****, did no one in the Cockpit even LOOK at their Flight Plan after take off?? It is time to re-think the WONDERFUL computers flying the aircraft, and at least make SURE that the humans that are in-charge of them know what the hell they are doing!!!
Obama has made such a commitment to the Chinese, that they have to keep using those deadly batteries. It is lithium ion batteries that have caused fires in nearly every car brand they are used in! One man had both of his Fisker "elecrtic" cars burn up and destroy both of his houses!