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Tuesday
Jun252013

Video: A330 Rejected Takeoff Due To Engine Failure - Very Well Handled


 I've posted several of the great airliner videos from Simon Lowe in the past (like this amazing must-see video of a truly perfect A330 landing) but this one captured yesterday of a Thomas Cook Airbus A330 at Manchester Airport in the UK is very different. The takeoff was rejected due to what appears to be a complete engine failure after quite a bit of acceleration, and Simon was recording the takeoff looking right down the runway.

 I'm all about the details in situations like this, so I am fascinated to watch and re-watch a video like this to understand what is happening. What really stands out to me in this incident is how quickly and properly the pilot in control reacted.

 Immediately after the engine fails you can see the nose of the aircraft begin to swing to its right due to the asymmetrical thrust. You then see rapid application of full left rudder to bring the nose back around followed just a second later by reverse thrust and braking. In the span of just four seconds, the engine failed, the airplane begin to deviate from a straight line and it was brought back to the runway centerline with reverse thrust and braking fully applied... all in complete control! What an excellent example of emergency training being put to use in the real world! I'll add tho that it isn't always just training that works in these situations - it appears that this pilot was both well prepared mentally to deal with an emergency and possessed a natural ability to react very quickly. An impressive display all around.

 The A330 was leaving Manchester headed for the Dominican Republic with about 325 passengers onboard. After the rejected takeoff the A330 was taken back to the terminal where the passengers got off the airplane and the airline was able to get a replacement aircraft in place and on the way about 4 hours later.


Video screenshot just after the engine failed with full left rudder already applied


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