Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has released an Incident Investigation report of a SpiceJet Boeing 737, which escaped runway overrun by just 226 ft.
SpiceJet Boeing 737 escaped Runway Overrun
On 23 July 2021, SpiceJet Boeing 737-800NG was taking off from Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport. The aircraft normally do not operate scheduled flights to Yerevan. This one was a special charter flight. The aircraft was scheduled to fly to Delhi with just 7 passengers onboard. The aircraft lined up with Runway 9 to take off.
After getting Takeoff clearance, pilots pressed the Take-off/Go Around button for full engine thrust as per the takeoff calculation. Thrust on both engines went up to 88%, during takeoff reached 89%.
The aircraft rotating speed was 144 knots. As soon as the aircraft reached 100 knots, the pilots were seeing the runway end. They realized that they are not going to make it and hence, at 123 knots, they rotated the control column slightly. The nose wheel lifted up but the main landing gear was still intact as the necessary lift was not achieved.
Fortunately, the aircraft lifted up with 226 ft of Takeoff Run Available (TORA) for Runway 9. The rest of the flight was uneventful.
What went wrong?
Before the flight, pilots do takeoff performance calculations. For these calculations, they use an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). This EFB provides the data about every aspect required for Takeoff.
This EFB is configured by SpiceJet performance engineering team. Here, they made a mistake.
In the EFB, Taxiway Bravo was configured as 658 metre from the start of Runway 9 but in reality, the Taxiway was located after 2,300 metre of the Runway Threshold Area.
The pilot calculated performance with this wrongly configured EFB and got wrong results. All thanks and Kudos to the pilots for maintaining their calm and navigating the aircraft to air successfully.
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Source : DGCA Website