So, here’s a little anecdote I read about a few weeks ago. A friend of a friend (If you will) was flying once from gatwick to a place I will not try and name simply because: I fail to remember. The plane, began its turn to line up with the runway for a straight out departure. As the plane began to accelerate down the runway heading for a V1 rotate, he suddenly heard the aircraft’s engines rev abnormally high for a usual takeoff, to his surprise the engines began to detach and reverse thrusters were a go go go. The plane had made an emergency stop while midway down the runway, oh dear. At this point you can imagine the look on the passengers’ faces, priceless I can imagine. Sure enough, the pilot had forgotten something rather important.
Wait for it…
He forgot to set takeoff flaps (Sorry for the anti-climax)
Once the flaps began to drop, the throttle was set and the plane was on its way. No big deal, everything is fine. Except your flying with a pilot that forgot something that is, well, pretty important. He added at the bottom if he should notify the airline and let them know that one of their pilots did a boo boo.
Thought I’d let you know, as we were earlier discussing when to set takeoff flaps, well certainly not midway down the runway folks! Anyway, what is your verdict? Would you let it slide, perhaps give the guy/girl a break, could just be having a bad day? We all have those? Even if it could end tragically. Or would you notify the airline? Tough one. I’ll keep my verdict silent.
For the record this was true, to my understanding!