A220 crew made laboured departure

[Ref Flight International Magazine 24-30 Mar 2020]

Occurrence Date/Time 15 July 2018
Aircraft Type A220 (=Bombardier CS300)
Flight / Operator N/A
POB  46 occupants
Description The pilots had been distracted by an unexpected discontinuity in the flight plan after entering the standard departure route into the flight-management system (FMS)

Then, the captain asked the first ­officer to maintain a close watch on the ­FMS during the take-off roll.

Neither pilot could remember whether they had carried out the 80kt speed and engine thrust check.

While the captain briefly considered aborting the take-off, he instead opted to proceed.

Result the A220 lifted off about 1,000m (3,280ft) from the end of the runway – the aircraft had travelled 50% more than the calculated take-off distance.

None of the any occupants was injured

Contributory factors
  • The pilots had been distracted by an unexpected discontinuity in the flight plan;
  • The prioritization was ­inappropriate – poor Captain’s decision making
  • F/O were not assertive enough or the F/O did not performed the monitoring role
Recommendation
  • ought to push the thrust levers to ­mechanical stop
  • Better task allocation

 

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