Date: 17 Oct 99 23:30:03 From: JF Mezei <email@example.com> Followups: 1 2
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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 ?