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.
Source: Guardian Transport