Flying is incredibly safe, and fortunately things only go very wrong very rarely. For every accident that actually happens, I imagine there are exponentially more “near misses,” or situations that could have ended very poorly but don’t.
Well a couple of days ago video footage was uploaded to YouTube of a Royal Air Maroc 737 taking off from Frankfurt… only it wouldn’t take off. Here’s the description of the video:
What was this pilot thinking? Watch as they rotate at a very slow speed causing the aircraft’s nose to lift off the ground but not generating enough lift to become fully airborne, & then shortly after stalling they continue to accelerate down the runway to rotate at a faster speed. I have no idea as to why this happened, but some theories could include an incorrect flap setting, the setting of incorrect V speeds or an incorrect trim?
But in this day and age, surely error mistakes like these shouldn’t be apparent in commercial aviation? Even if the mistakes had been made, aborting the takeoff could’ve been a safer option, than putting the passengers, crew & aircraft at risk in this dangerous situation. Leave your opinions in the comments.
And here’s the video:
For those of you not at all familiar with how planes “work,” basically there’s a speed at which pilots are supposed to “rotate,” though clearly the pilots did so prematurely here. The plane seems to have a near tail strike, then leaves the ground without having enough speed (and therefore) lift to get airborne. If they had continued to pull up, the plane would have stalled, and it could have been catastrophic. Fortunately they brought the plane back to the ground, let it gain some speed, and then rotated at what I assume was the correct speed.
We really don’t know what happened, and it’s possible this wasn’t the pilots’ fault. There could have been a big gust of wind that changed their airspeed, or it might be that they programmed the inflight computer incorrectly. But one thing is for sure — they had a safe recovery, and that’s what counts, as it could have ended very badly for everyone aboard.
It’s not often you get video footage of stuff like this!