Plane struggled to take off in Belfast after pilots' data error

Plane struggled to take off in Belfast after pilots' data error

Entry of wrong temperature into computer could have had ‘catastrophic’ consequences

A Boeing 737 carrying 185 passengers struggled to take off before the end of the runway at Belfast airport and then flew low for two and a half miles, which could have had “catastrophic” consequences, after pilots typed the wrong temperature into the onboard computer.

With the autopilot calculating the takeoff speed based on a temperature of -52C, instead of 16C, the plane lifted off at the extreme end of the runway, striking a 36cm-high light on the ground almost 30 metres after takeoff.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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