Power for Take-Off

Date:         06 Sep 97 02:55:09 
From:         Jack.Sanders@gsfc.nasa.gov (Jack Sanders)
Organization: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center -- Greenbelt, Maryland USA
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On a recent trip, as we began our take-off run, the fuel pump in the
left engine on a B757 malfunctioned.  We were moving slowly, so
stopping was a simple matter.  Thankfully, the worst problem was a 6
hour delay for the next flight.  One of the flight attendants on the
second flight recognized me from the aborted flight.  I asked about
the engine problem, and she directed me to the pilot from the first
flight.  I expressed concern about losing power in one engine at a
more critical point (liftoff), but he assured me that a fully loaded
B757 would still have enough power to leave the ground.  Was he just
trying to soothe my fears, since the event already passed, or is the
plane actually that powerful?

Jack Sanders

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