What is a rejected takeoff? That is when your plane bails out of taking off because of some technical problem or distraction. This is not some boarding delay, but where the pilots begin their ascent down the runway and end up aborting the takeoff due to emergency.
Our SMART readers, who are real experts in aviation, point out:
5:30, 49 CFR Part 830 deals with NTSB notifications. Specifically, 830.5 (a)(12) (ii) states that NTSB notification is required for "Any event in which an aircraft operated by an air carrier...experiences a runway incursion that requires the operator or the crew of another aircraft or vehicle to take immediate corrective action to avoid a collision."
An RTO, or Rejected Take Off, would be immediate corrective action and it would be reported to the NTSB. Yet a search of the NTSB database for accidents and incidents at HVN turns up no such event.
@DWiermans Dash-8s are really loud in the cabin, but everyone heard "Watch that G-d damn fire truck!" from the cockpit
Really?!?! The Dash 8 is an FAR 121 aircraft requiring a closed cockpit door. Furthermore, it has a built in intercom and the pilots typically wear the heavy David Clark type headsets. Interior noise and vibration are at their worst during take off.
Sitting behind the pilots backs, behind a closed cockpit door, between the engines and propellers at take off power it is very doubtful you heard much of anything except your own imagination. Why don't you stick to BSing us with 5th Freedom Rights instead.
According to the FAA's "Pilot Guide to Takeoff Safety," RTOs occur only once in every 3,000 flights. Statistically that means, odds are, Frischling would have had to been part of 12,000 takeoffs.
@DWiermans @flightblogger I've had four RTOs, first was an @USAirways Fokker F100 a BUF. I recall the sharp left turn onto the grass.
Searching the FAA's Accident/Incident Database System (covering the period from 1978 to the present) there are 9 reports at BUF involving Fokker aircraft operated by USAir. Only one of these was an aborted take off. It happened on Jan. 7, 1990, the aircraft was a Fokker F28, and "NR2 ENGINE VIBRATION. ABORTED. RETURNED TO GATE. SECOND ROW COMPRESSOR BLADE FAILED AND WENT THROUGH ENGINE."
As for the RTO at HVN on USAir, it doesn't appear in the database.
Click on first link, FAA Accident/Incident Data System
So, let's say these four RTOs occurred since he was 18 years old. That would work out to more more than 700 takeoffs a year. That's nearly two takeoffs PER DAY.
That's pretty hard to believe, especially since the evidence shows Frischling, the great airline blogger, has taken two trips over the past 10 months.
The odds of experiencing a 1:3000 event four times is about 1:81,000,000,000,000.
That's 1 in 81 Trillion.
Don't you think the PR people at Tweed New Haven Regional Airport (HVN) would be interested in knowing that local blogger Steven Frischling is fabricating airline emergencies at their airport, where passengers can hear pilots screaming from the cockpit?
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