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Features May 2016 Issue

Think Outside the Box

A Delta L-1011 took off with the elevator jammed full up. Thrust vectoring saved the day.

Think Outside the Box

Standard Operating Procedures are great. But, by definition, “Standard” can’t possibly apply to every situation. So, what should you do when you don’t know what to do?

They almost made it. The aircraft was on a very short final when the nose started down. The flight crew pushed the thrust levers for both wing engines up to stop the sink but the left engine spooled up faster than the right engine and the aircraft started a turn to the right, from which there was no time to recover.

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