Last March, US Airways flight 1702 , an Airbus A320 heading to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), crashed as it took off from Philadelphia (PHL). All 149 passengers and five crew were able to exit the aircraft with no serious injuries. At the time, many speculated (including the airline) that it was simply an aborted take off due to a blown tire. However, new details from the FAA this week seem to indicate that this wasn’t the case at all. Flightglobal has the full story on their site here, with a courtesy snippet below.
Internal Federal Aviation Administration documents obtained by Flightglobal show that prior to take-off the crew failed to enter into the flight computer data it needed to calculate power settings. They also continued the take-off roll amid audible warnings urging them to pull back the throttles. In response to those warnings, the captain said, “We’ll get that straight when we get airborne,” say the documents, which include an FAA accident report and copies of notes taken by FAA inspectors dispatched the scene. The documents also say the captain flew too soon after taking prescription medications.
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