Compressor Stall at Takeoff?

Date:         01 Dec 97 02:33:49 
From:         "Dick Bussiere" <bussiere@ix.netcom.com>
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Last week, I was aboard a US-Airways 727-200 on a shuttle from New York to
Boston. When we began our takeoff roll, there was a loud "bang" from the
rear of the plane. We thought we had hit something or that a major
malfunction had occurred. Needless to say, the pilot continued the takeoff
roll and the flight proceeded normally.

A few minutes later, the captain got on the loudspeaker and said that we had
experenced a compressor stall in one of the engines. He said that it was
common when taking off into a strong crosswind.

Is this true? More importantly, when a compressor stall occurs, is there a
loss of power in the stalled engine?

Thanks,

Dick Bussiere