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Jumbo Jet Packed With British Tourists Seconds From Disaster After It Fails To Rise On Take-Off
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 31st 2009

Posted on 05/31/2009 7:58:41 PM PDT by Steelfish

Jumbo jet packed with British tourists seconds from disaster after it fails to rise on take-off

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 01st June 2009

Hundreds of passengers narrowly avoided disaster when their plane nearly crashed after taking off.

The British Airways plane shook violently and did not rise more than 30ft above the ground as it set off from Johannesburg to London.

The pilot has been praised for his quick actions in keeping the Boeing 747 in the air, saving the lives of the 256 passengers on board.

Miraculous escape: The British Airways Boeing 747, similar to this one, is thought to have gone into landing mode so that the flaps that make it rise did not work

Travelling at 200mph, he dumped enough fuel for the aircraft to eventually gain height, before returning it to the airport.

It is believed that a technical fault caused the plane to go into landing mode so that the flaps that normally make it rise did not work.

An investigation is under way as to how the jet came so close to crashing.

A BA spokesman said: 'As a precaution BA56 Johannesburg to Heathrow flight on Monday May 11 returned to the airport shortly after take-off due to a suspected technical problem.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 747; airlines; aviation; ba; baboeing747; blessing
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1 posted on 05/31/2009 7:58:41 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Flight software hacked???


2 posted on 05/31/2009 8:02:52 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 132 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void
Switch in wrong position.

/johnny

3 posted on 05/31/2009 8:04:10 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: Steelfish

So the media thinks there are two sets of flaps. One to take off with and the other to land with.


4 posted on 05/31/2009 8:04:21 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: U S Army EOD

Yeah, I didn’t get that part.


5 posted on 05/31/2009 8:05:02 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: Steelfish
Flying...hours and hours of extreme boredom interupted by brief moments of sheer terror.
6 posted on 05/31/2009 8:05:07 PM PDT by crghill (You can't put a condom on your soul. I'm an anti-antinomian.)
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To: Steelfish

Yeah, “failing to rise” would be a problem alright...


7 posted on 05/31/2009 8:05:37 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: rdl6989

I wonder if you also raise the take off gear and lower the landing gear.


8 posted on 05/31/2009 8:08:00 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: Steelfish
Lucky there are no hills around and downtown is in the wrong direction.
9 posted on 05/31/2009 8:08:11 PM PDT by TWfromTEXAS (Life is the one choice that pro choicers won’t support.)
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To: Steelfish
Last week it emerged that BA lost more than £400million in the year up to March - its worst result since the airline was privatized more than two decades ago.

What is the significance of BA being privatized ? Why does it not mention the losses BA incurred before it was privatized ?

10 posted on 05/31/2009 8:08:28 PM PDT by libh8er
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11 posted on 05/31/2009 8:09:36 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( Don't mess with the mockingbird! /\/\ http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: crghill

I just flew a Quicksilver GT500 from Washington, GA to San Antonio, TX and back, the entire trip was terrifying. Never got bored.


12 posted on 05/31/2009 8:10:36 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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Miraculous escape: The British Airways Boeing 747, similar to this one, is thought to have gone into landing mode so that the flaps that make it rise did not work

Silly me, I thought they set the flaps BEFORE takeoff. Anyway 'landing flaps' are always at a greater setting than 'takeoff flap' settings. The article doesn't make any sense.

13 posted on 05/31/2009 8:10:53 PM PDT by zipper
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To: TWfromTEXAS

It is a long flight out of Joberg, flights take off as heavy as possible, and the runway is at 5000ft, so there is little margin for error.


14 posted on 05/31/2009 8:11:08 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: libh8er

Can’t do that because as a government-run institution losses can be more easily hidden.


15 posted on 05/31/2009 8:11:23 PM PDT by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: Steelfish

British Airways 747

16 posted on 05/31/2009 8:11:37 PM PDT by blam
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To: U S Army EOD

U should have stopped in to see me. I’m in New Braunfels Texas just north of San Antonio. That’s a very small plane-like vehicle to cover such distance.


17 posted on 05/31/2009 8:12:59 PM PDT by crghill (You can't put a condom on your soul. I'm an anti-antinomian.)
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To: U S Army EOD
Same flaps...

Different FMS computer configurations for specific flight regimes....

Selected/programmed inappropriately -- ruh-roh

18 posted on 05/31/2009 8:13:33 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: AndyJackson
Yes I know, I've flown to London, Nairobi, Harare and Cape Town from there, though the Cape Town flights were on smaller jets.
19 posted on 05/31/2009 8:14:43 PM PDT by TWfromTEXAS (Life is the one choice that pro choicers won’t support.)
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To: Steelfish

How much is the pilot going to be fined for dumping fuel and polluting the environment?


20 posted on 05/31/2009 8:15:11 PM PDT by toothfairy86
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