I have just stumbled upon this video on YouTube - and to say the least I’m baffled! There were cases of commercial airliners crashing because the pilots forgot to put down the flaps for takeoff, An example being Spanair flight 5022, where pilots simply forgot to put the flaps down even when given multiple chances to do so… This case could have ended in disaster.
A pilot was aboard this flight, who commented this under the uploaded video:
My son posted this video, and we were on board this aircraft as passenger goin on holiday! I am an airline captain flying 747s on worldwide ops so I do know a little about flying. I actually ran to the cockpit when we started to line op on rwy 36R in AMS.The take off config was goin off and could be heard till the flaps reached flaps 5. The flight was a Air Explore, a Slovakian wet lease to TUI Netherlands. During flight I asked to speak to the captain and he refused. I left a letter that I would inform the authorities in the Netherlands and file an ASR. Captain did not take action at all. I contacted the flight safety officer of TUI and send the vid to them. The captain in question never filed a report or a mention in the techlog. TUI NL filed the ASR and reviewed the wet lease. The captain of this flight was fired and wet lease terminated after the season. Aviation is littered with cowboy cavelier accidents which easily could have happened. Read the spanair MD80 JK5022, no flap takeoff. see how that went. The captain in charge was neglecting his operating procedures using Checklist and on top did not abort! A take off config warning is an abort, Get of the runway, check the problem, Rectify, and take off again or back to gate. Small example what if the flaps came out asymmetric? One smoking hole in AMS. Personally I never crapped my pants in a plane but this moment was a close one. All pilots should work towards an environment where mistakes like this don’t happen or get picked up with checklists. On a separate note, there are jet aircraft which take off with out flaps or don’t have leading edge devices. Example Fokker 70”
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Please share your thoughts and opinions, and it would be nice getting different views of real-world pilots on this matter.