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Old Feb 9, 12, 4:32 pm   #1
 
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Flight aborted today after take off?

Hi, newbie here. Got chatting to a couple today in London who said their BA initial flight from Madrid today was aborted during take off due to a faulty engine. Nothing unusual there, but they said the front of the plane had lifted then suddently dropped back down to ground with a thud. I always thought once a plane had gone over V1 (or v2?) the plane was committed to take off regardless due to a lack on run way to stop?

I presume the plane in question would have been a 737 or small Airbus, but I've never heard of being airborn then aborting before. Can't find anything on Google yet.
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Old Feb 9, 12, 4:38 pm   #2
 
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Depends on the length of the runway and if they had actually gotten the mains off the ground. Sounds like the nose lifted but the mains didn't.

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Old Feb 9, 12, 5:15 pm   #3
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Depending on how (and when) the local aviation authority classifies the incident, it will probably end up posted on this fascinating site:

http://avherald.com/
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Depending on how (and when) the local aviation authority classifies the incident, it will probably end up posted on this fascinating site:

http://avherald.com/
Cool site - thanks
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Old Feb 11, 12, 1:32 pm   #5
 
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It's very unusual to reject the takeoff at high speed - typically the only reason to reject after 80 knots (Boeing) or 100 knots (Airbus) is a situation that will prevent the aircraft from safely flying. If the nose had already lifted off, they were well past V1, so it must have been a serious problem and a long runway. Usually it's better to just deal with the problem airborne than attempt to reject the takeoff at high speed. Plus, as a pilot, I get PAID while I'm flying around the pattern coming back to land!

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