Flaps and aircraft climb performance

Date:         17 Oct 99 23:30:03 
From:         JF Mezei <jfmezei.spamnot@videotron.ca>
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In the Cali 757 crash, there was some discussion on the effect of the
flaps and that if they had retracted quicker/earlier, it may have helped
the plane climb faster and perhaps avoid the contact with the mountain.

In the flying skidoo (CRJ) incident at Fredericton (Canada), the CRJ
aborted a landing (go around)  but did not retract flaps and increase
thrust (they were at idle) quickly enough, and as a result, it stalled
while trying to climb.

I had been told that flaps allowed a wing to produce additional lift at
slower speeds.  If that were the case, how come retrcating flaps would
be a priority in a go-around situation (or in the case of Cali, trying
to climb VERY quickly from a low-speed approach situation)  ?

In a go around situation, what is wrong with keeping the flaps down,
putting thrust to maximum and only retract flaps once the speed and
altitude have started to rise ?