Video shows Boeing cargo plane narrowly avoid disaster as it clips tree during takeoff
PUERTO CARRENO, COLUMBIA: A Boeing cargo plane escaped a big disaster as video footage of the Aerosucre Boeing 737-200 incident shows the aircraft passing just a few feet above electrical wires while taking off. The plane took off from Puerto Carreno Airport but had to return after its engine failed. The investigative team found that the cargo aircraft was overweight 606lbs (274kg), reported FlightGlobal.
As per local media outlets, on February 3, 2022, an Aerosucre Boeing 737-200 took off from Puerto Carreno Airport in Colombia along with five crew members at a perilously low altitude. As its landing gear retracted and it became airborne, it clipped the top of a (14m) high tree, which was 295m past the end of the runway. The video captured by the neighboring doorbell camera recorded the aircraft passing low overhead, missing electrical wires by a couple of feet, and causing substantial movement in the vegetation below.
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'Late Rotation caused by extreme conditions of aircraft weight'
The plane had to return to the airport 20 minutes later after the left-hand engine stopped working. The investigators discovered the engine had taken in vegetation and it was also found in parts of the left wing. “Late Rotation caused by extreme conditions of aircraft weight and density altitude, that did not permit the aircraft to achieve a sufficient climb rate, climb angle, and altitude to clear the obstacles in the takeoff trajectory", Aviation Herald reported.
The team also observed, “Takeoff with more aircraft weight than permitted by performance calculations. This weight together with the density altitude caused the aircraft to cover a longer takeoff roll distance consequently reducing the safety margin to avoid obstacles in the takeoff trajectory causing the aircraft to collide with a natural obstacle immediately after takeoff rotation and during initial climb.”
'Aerosucre plane overran the runway at Puerto Carreno & crashed in 2016'
Seven years ago, an Aerosucre plane overran the runway at Puerto Carreno and crashed. In the accident, five people died and one person managed to survive, reports the Daily Mail. That incident was also captured, in which the clip showed the flight overshooting the runway and being unable to gain altitude in a given time. Afterward, the Boeing 727 plane descended and ignited in flames.