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.
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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