Add to homescreen

If you want to add this app to homescreen tap and then 'Add to Home Screen'.

Aircraft runway excursion due to tailwinds during take-off

  • What happened?

    A small aircraft left the runway during an attempted take-off with a 13-20 mph tailwind.

    At approximately 40mph, the captain aborted the take-off for undetermined reasons.

    The aircraft stopped approximately 330metres / 1100feet from the start of the runway in deep snow.

    Two passengers were treated for minor injuries at a nearby medical clinic and released.

    The small aircraft at the side of the runway and surrounded by snow
  • Why did it happen?

    Crew opted to take off with a tailwind, which increased operational risk

    Captain applied full braking and full reverse thrust, causing a yawing moment and loss of directional control - even though there was enough remaining runway to stop safely.

    The aircraft did not have anti-lock brakes.

    The aviation service provider does not train pilots to apply different techniques for high‐speed and low-speed take-off aborts on varying runway surface conditions.

    Why did it happen - icon
  • What did they learn?

    Clearly define the conditions when a tailwind take-off can be accomplished.

    Provide initial and recurring training on high/low speed abort procedures.

    Improve the formal on-boarding process for aviation service providers.

    What learn - icon
  • Ask yourself or your crew

    How could something like this happen in our aviation operations?

    How clear are our conditions for safe aircraft take-offs in tailwinds?

    How well do we train aviation crews for take-off abort procedures?

    How effective is the on-boarding process for aviation service providers?

    Ask your crew - icon
Published on 22/06/20 62 Views 0 likes

A small aircraft left the runway during an attempted take-off, stopping in the snow. Two passengers received minor injuries.