British Airways 747-400 and that Johannesburg take-off

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Unfortunately I’m travelling and not in a position to check this out properly, but what appears to be a pretty authoritative account of some first-rate aviating by a BA 747-400 crew on 11 May has now turned up. Reports of this Johannesburg incident have been popping up over the last 48 hours, getting increasingly lurid and decreasingly accurate.

But I think this looks about right. In short, a heavy 744 out of hot ‘n’ high Johannesburg suffers slat retraction on rotation due to spurious double thrust-reserver reverser unlock warnings. Result is a very non-spurious stick-shaker at 12ft and no slats until 160ft. Remember, while this crew was flying the aircraft they had good reason to believe they might be dealing with a double thrust-reserver reverser deployment, in which case it’s unlikely they’d still be around to tell the tale.

To repeat, I don’t know if this account is correct, but assuming it is then it’s a very classy piece of flying. A thought I’ll take with me on my BA A320 in a couple of hours time!

Update: a factual account of this incident has turned up on the NTSB website, derived from the South African authorities who are conducting the investigation.

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5 Responses to British Airways 747-400 and that Johannesburg take-off

  1. Kieran Daly May 14, 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    Can’t believe I did it twice! Lucky I don’t fly for a living.

  2. Kieran Daly May 19, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    Thanks Ben – although I don’t really do the flight sim thing myself I’m constantly amazed by the standards of what’s been achieved by that community. I’m sorry to hear of that incident.

    I’m actually travelling this week and frantically busy so I can’t really check it out. I hope the people affected manage to rebuild their work.

  3. mutuelle santé October 4, 2010 at 5:05 am #

    For sure it’s interesting to know what is happening in our sky,so sad for the incident that happen earlier.But,we all know that BA is doing a great work hat off for them.

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