DC-8 Takeoff nearly runs out of runway.

A Skybus Douglas DC-8-70, performing a cargo flight from SKRG, (Rionegro,Colombia) to KMIA, (Miami, USA) departed Rionegro’s runway 01 and became airborne just short of the runway end. The aircraft climbed out to safety and continued to Miami for a safe landing.

Two Spotters captured the take-off which have linked below.

In first vid Note the piano keys/touch down markings at rotation point. Close! RW 11500’ at 7500’ elev.

And to show what happens when you dont take off in time, this copy from same airport shows what happens when you run out of runway when you get your calulations wrong. On June 7, 2006, a Tradewinds Airlines Boeing 747-200F (registration N922FT) had an engine failure on takeoff at SKRG. The pilot aborted but the plane overran the runway. None of the 6 on board were injured. The event was captured on airport surveillance cameras

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My goodness! That was too close! I started to sqeeeze my seat as I watched it try to pull up and the last one… hope no one was hurt!

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yes, way too close for comfort! Shows the importance of getting those calulations correct. The third Vid I added in the edit shows what happens when it goes wrong (no injuries apart form to the B747-200F)

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The thing I’m more worried about is music over plane spotting videos.

In all seriousness, I’m glad no one got hurt. Isn’t this the Captain & F/O’s fault? That Tradewinds 742 overrun looked real bad…

Yes the Jumbo Classic was a write off I belive, luckly all 6 crew safe!

End of the day it was the Captains responcbility, you wear the 4 stripes and have the big pay check thats the job! Like all incidents it must have been several issues which added up:-
+Cargo weighed more than it stated on the waybills?
+Disptacher used wrong data to calulate performace?
+Loadmaster positioed incorrectly?
+last minute cargo added?
+Flight Crew did incorect checks to data and performace?
+Weather and air presssure significantly different to what was used the calulation?

I am sure there are lot more which can be added!

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This is where math and calculations coomes in :)

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Gorgeous aircraft! I didn’t know they were still used for cargo.

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I’ve seen that before, very scary! I was so mad that he rotated early, I almost threw my phone in frustration because he almost killed many people

Oh man… that must have been scary for the pilot and crew.
It’s lucky that they managed to take off just in time. I wonder what caused this to happen. It could have just been a pilot error, but I kind of doubt that.

There can be many factors involved in this case, but for sure that`s scary situation to be in.

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Pilot error definitely part of it…

End of the day it was the Captains responcbility, you wear the 4 stripes and have the big pay check thats the job! Like all incidents it must have been several issues which added up:-
+Cargo weighed more than it stated on the waybills?
+Disptacher used wrong data to calulate performace?
+Loadmaster positioed incorrectly?
+last minute cargo added?
+Flight Crew did incorect checks to data and performace?
+Weather and air presssure significantly different to what was used the calulation?

I am sure there are lot more which can be added!

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Looks like they have been learning the art of the looooong takeoff roll from their Russian brothers.


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