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Catastrophe averted: Canadian Sunwing Boeing 737 from Belfast could barely take off after data error

Written by on November 26, 2018

A Boeing 737 carrying 185 passengers struggled to take off before it reached the end of the runway at Belfast international airport and then flew low for 2.5 miles after pilots typed the wrong temperature into the on-board computer, which investigators said could have had “catastrophic” consequences. With the autopilot calculating the take-off speed based on a temperature of -52C, instead of 16C, the plane lifted off at the extreme end of the runway, striking a 1.2-foot-high light on the ground almost 33 yards after the end of the runway. The Guardian


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