Departing TUI 737 cleared road by less than 100ft

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) published a Special Bulletin regarding a “serious incident” at Bristol Airport on March 4, 2024, involving TUI Airways Boeing 737-8K5, G-FDZS (c/n 35147), operating to Las Palmas with six crew and 163 passengers aboard.

According to the bulletin, the aircraft rotated from Runway 09 with only 260m of runway remaining and flew at an altitude of approximately ten feet over the end of the runway.

The AAIB summarised: “The autothrottle (A/T) disengaged when the take-off mode was selected at the start of the take-off roll, and subsequently, the thrust manually set by the crew (84.5% N1) was less than the required take-off thrust (92.8% N2).”

It added: “Neither pilot then noticed that the thrust was set incorrectly, and it was not picked up through the standard operating procedures (SOPs).”

The AAIB reported that, pre-departure, “the PF [pilot flying] advanced the thrust levers to 40% N1 and paused for the engines to stabilise before pressing the take-off/go-around switch (TOGA) which engages both the A/T in N1 mode and the autopilot/flight director system in take-off mode.”


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