Royal Air Maroc Provides Bizarre Explanation For Their Frankfurt “Incident”

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Royal Air Maroc Provides Bizarre Explanation For Their Frankfurt “Incident”


Post by howie » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:30 pm

In the video you can see a Royal Air Maroc 737-700 lift its nose but struggle to take off. It very briefly gets airborne (which could have led to a stall), but then the pilots bring it back down, continue to accelerate, and then finally take off.

We ultimately don’t know what caused the incident. It could have been that the pilots didn’t use enough flaps. It could have been that the pilots had the takeoff speed wrong. Or it could have been any of a number of other things.

Even if the pilots caused it, their recovery in the incident was excellent, it would seem.

The Aviation Herald covered this incident, including the bizarre explanation that Royal Air Maroc provided of the incident on Twitter, which roughly translates as follows:

“Following dissemination of false information about flight AT-811 of July 23rd, Frankfurt – Casablanca, we wish to clarify that Frankfurt tower advised the captain of our flight in question of possible wake turbulence as result of a simultaneous landing of an A330. As result the captain performed a maneuver to accelerate in order to achieve speeds which permitted safe takeoff.”

This suggests that the pilot intentionally performed the maneuver to avoid wake turbulence.

I’m not an airline pilot, though I showed the video and Royal Air Maroc’s explanation to a friend who’s a 737 captain, and his response was simply “wtf?”

I know I have quite a few readers who are Boeing pilots, so let me throw it out there… is the “almost have a tail strike, then get airborne at stall-worthy speeds, and then get back on the runway to gain enough speed” maneuver something others are familiar with, or is it something only Royal Air Maroc trains their pilots to do?

I understand Royal Air Maroc probably wants to save face here, but it seems like “we’re investigating the incident” may have been a better answer.

Truly a bizarre explanation…


Royal Air Maroc would have been better off just not commenting. Not only does their explanation sound laughable, there is video of the incident too. My guess is that 99.9% of people will take what they say at face value and move on like it was NBD and that’s who their PR department is trying to appease. Only us AvGeeks are throwing our hand up going “hang on, say what now?”

The flaps certainly don’t look extended and the plane actually doesn’t seem to accelerate at full throttle; it seems to be stuck in that initial 80% throttle before they throw it to full throttle. You can just listen to the noise of the engines in the video. It doesn’t sound like a normal 737 takeoff roll.

Steve says:
August 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm
All the arm chair captains that think airplanes takeoff with ‘full throttle’ make the comments fun to read. Carry on.

I thought the best comment was: “He didn’t panic and try and stop, so I reckon he made a good job out of a bad situation, even if they did (maybe) cause that problem in the first place.”

Marshall Jackson says:
August 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm
I’m going to roll with the cockpit crew having incorrect speed data for their flap setting as my rampant speculation here.

Marshall Jackson says:
August 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm
Make that flap setting and takeoff weight.

Endre says:
August 26, 2016 at 4:25 pm
Can’t tell what engine it’s using, but the CFM56 take off is with Flagstaff @5 and at least 85% power with 15-17 degree take off pitch and at least 90% with 18-20 degree take off pitch — at sea level 15Celsius. —

Even with only one engine working, it is at least 90% power at V1.

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Post by Raffles » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:35 pm

:bs: :negative:


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