Aborted Takeoff

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  1. Canarsie
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    The pilot on a recent flight on which I was a passenger aborted a take-off towards the middle of the active runway. I had never experienced that before. We had waited at least 25 minutes in a queue of aircraft before we finally reached the runway.

    When the pilot announced that we will circle around and try again, I thought “Oh, great — another half-hour in line.” However, we turned around on the taxiway between two active runways while the other aircraft in line waited on the other taxiway. Our aircraft then took off successfully without losing our turn.

    Later on — while in flight in a regional jet aircraft — the pilot explained that just as we were taking off, the control tower instructed the pilot to abort the take-off due to a pilot from an aircraft landing on the active runway next to us warning of potential wind shear in the area. Sure enough, the take-off was rather bumpy and erratic, but the flight was smooth from there on in.

    I had never felt an aircraft brake so abruptly — especially after attempting to gain enough speed for taking off.

    Has anyone else experienced this — or, at least, an experience similar to this?
     
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    Am afraid not, but thanks for sharing! Sounds like a fascinating albeit rather scary experience..
     
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    Had it happened to me on a LH 744 about 8 years ago in CGK, although it was nothing technical or weather related.

    We were on the active and the pilot had made the usual "cabin crew, take off position" announcement. But when the brake was released and we had started our take off roll it didn't seem that we gained much speed, I felt we were only slightly above normal taxiing speed and thought that something was definitely wrong. Sure enough, we vacated the active at the first exit taxiway and then proceeded to park on the tarmac .

    The Captain then made an announcement that just as they were getting ready for take off, the ground staff informed them that one of the pax might have not boarded the flight and if it was the case then we needed to get back to the terminal to offload the bag. We waited for about 15 minutes until the Captain made another announcement to say that the problem was solved, although he didn't elaborate whether the pax was on the flight or weather he/she had no bags.
     
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    As a passenger I have never had this happen. As a pilot it has happened twice.

    Once was due to an unauthorized vehicle entering the runway ahead of me. My passengers were frightened when the trust reversers suddenly were at maximum, a very, very noisy event, and the brakes on a maximum.

    The other was due to sudden wind change during heavy weather (a hurricane) in Miami. That time the abort was just before v1 (that is the speed at which even if an emergency happens you continue the takeoff because it is more dangerous to try to stop than it is to fly and return to land). That was uneventful because the abort was at a lower speed. We just taxied to the runway end, turned around and went in the other direction.

    Such event happen, not every day, but from time to time. pilots are trained for these events every six months or more frequently so everyone knows what to do. It is dramatic, but rarely dangerous.
     
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    Had it happen on a CX flight on a 747 no less years ago departing from SFO. Also had this happen in SEA on a CO flight some years back, we had just started our departure down the runway and we aborted. We were told that one of the windows in the cockpit was stuck open, guess the cockpit crew waited until the last minute to roll up the window. So after aborting and taking off again, we were treated to an absolutely beautiful view of Mt Rainier, we actually circled around it, and then headed southwest.
     
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    Funniest (?) one I ever had was years ago on the old FL (the previous Frontier Airlines) with a super-old 737 leaving LAX for DEN. The abort wasn't all that abrupt, but he obviously slowed a little ways down the runway, then stopped and we weren't flying. (The stop was so gentle that a gabby young man in the aisle seat across from mine didn't even notice we had stopped until I told him -- he was too busy trying to tell me about the cocaine and sex he had scored during his visit to Los Angeles, but that's another story.) Anyway, the captain took our plane over to a taxiway on the side, came on the P.A., told us that during the takeoff roll an exhaust heat indicator had stopped registering, "and since that is a required piece of equipment, we are going to head back to the ga. . . . Oh, wait! It just started working again so I guess we'll just get back in line and take off."

    We did, and I worried about the reliability of that instrument all the way to Stapleton. . . .
     
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    At LAX last December, flying in a UA 757, we were just about to rotate when the captain slammed on the brakes, and fortunately, since we were taking of to the West, he managed to stop us before we ran out of runway. He dedtected a slight loss of power in one engine and wanted to play it safe. He made the right decision - we were escorted back to the gate by about 20 emergency vehicles, but we all deplaned safely via the jetway rather than the evac slides, so it was all good.
     
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    I've had aborted take offs and landings, as well as emergency landings over the years. None fun, though thankfully all safe outcomes.

    I was ticketed on the sq flight that attempted to take off on the closed runway in 2000 in tpe. Thankfully, I changed my routing a few days prior and wasn't on that flight!
     
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    I had an aborted landing once. We touched down, then suddenly the pilot gunned it and we took off again. The flight attendant said "we just had a touch and go" and we went round and landed normally. No explanation ever given.
     
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    I don't like it when they know you notice something but still don't explain it. Was on a Fairchild F-27 with the wings overhead one time, Hughes Airwest, from ONT to LAS. After takeoff I watched the wing landing gear retract very slowly, then stop, then go back down, then a little bit up, go back down, up and down, up and down, until they finally retracted all the way, and deployed normally going into LAS. Nobody ever said 'nuttin'.
     
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    Have had this happen to me twice...once at ORD, and once at DTW...both were because of traffic on the runway we were supposed to be landing on...
     
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    Once on US Airways out of Philly we had two aborted takeoffs in a row with the Boeing 737-400. I was in the flight deck and we aborted the first takeoff due to a faulty flaps indicator at 45 knots so we decelerated smoothly and exit the runway where we headed to the penalty box. After determining that it was just a faulty indicator and it was MEL'd in the logbook we went back to the queue for departure. On the second attempt to takeoff at 80 knots it lighted up again so we aborted the takeoff and headed back to the gate. The flight was canceled and everyone else was rebooked for later flights while I had to scramble over to a FLL flight.

    I personally prefer go arounds versus aborted takeoffs.
     
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    The incident I mentioned was at YTZ on a Q400. Thing is, there had been some reports of nose gear not fully extending on some of those planes, and so I was wondering if there was any problem there. Still wondering.

    Or, it could have been wind. There can be some pretty nasty winds at YTZ. I've had some rough landings there.

    Obviously we landed safely the second time.
     

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