View Full Version : B747 hit runway threshold lights at Manchester UK.

11th Dec 2013, 14:06
I'm trying to find the accident report or any info on this incident. It happened about twenty years ago. I think it was PIA but I could be wrong. I've googled and searched through various fora looking for info but it's as if it never happened, but as Max Boyce used to say "I know cos I was there"

It was during take off, the aircraft hit the lights after a very late rotation and carried on.

Thanks in advance. :ok:

11th Dec 2013, 15:41
I recall a World Airways or Transamerica DC-10 did exactly that at Gatwick and carried on to Los Angeles, probably 1978 or 1979.

Think AAIB are slowly working backwards adding historical reports to their website.

11th Dec 2013, 15:50
PIA 747 lost an engine on take off at Heathrow. Got airborne close to the end of the runway but I don't know if it hit anything. Aren't the threshold lights flush fitting?

Ivan aromer
11th Dec 2013, 16:27
Anybody got a Link to the Bournemouth cowboy and his 707?

11th Dec 2013, 19:39

The only one I can remember was a Northwest Orient Cargo B747 departing RWY06 on the scheduled freight service. Took out some of the 24 end gantries. All a long time ago!

11th Dec 2013, 20:44
ANW, was that early 90s? It sounds like the one I'm thinking of.

HD. My use of 'threshold lights' is probably wrong. I meant the ASL I think.

11th Dec 2013, 21:38
"It was during take off, the aircraft hit the lights after a very late rotation and carried on. "

It WAS during a [slightly overweight (allegedly)] take off, but all it did was blow some tiles off the houses on Ringway Road. 06 departures, especially in summer were usually "interesting"

12th Dec 2013, 13:34
NW Orient operated scheduled 747F cargo flights to/from MAN. Certainly from September 1979, through 1980 and possibly ending in Spring 1981. I think the event previously referred to featured in the Manchester Evening News at the time.

Shaggy Sheep Driver
12th Dec 2013, 14:49
The one I remember doing regular 'curvature of the earth' take offs at MAN was the Air Hong Kong 707 freighter. Must have been about 10 years ago as I think we were just starting the Concorde tours at the time. AH replaced it with a 747 after while, which had slightly better t/o performance.

12th Dec 2013, 20:02
Thanks for all the replies but after asking around it was definitely PIA, early 90s. Possibly a Combi 747-200.

12th Dec 2013, 22:58
It was PIA but it was the engine thrust that was at max power bending the 24 approach lights back if I recall, hence no accident report. The a/c did not hit anything.(I know one a/c that did hit something but thats another story)

Some say the nosewheel was still on the ground as it thundered past link B:eek:

I refer to the honorable Chiglet for the "alledged" reason why.

13th Dec 2013, 10:52
Thanks, small onions. That makes sense.

TDK mk2
13th Dec 2013, 13:40
pan am 747 crash san francisco - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pan+am+747+crash+san+francisco&sm=1)

14th Dec 2013, 08:29
Having a beer in the garden of the airport hotel (aph)could be interesting on a hot summers evening when a PIA 747-200 was taking off on 06 back in the 70's and 80's. Hold onto your pint!

15th Dec 2013, 18:52
There was the Continental 747-100 at Gatwick about the same time, nearly decided to test the Russ Hill Hotel's motto of "you're always welcome"?

The Pan Am 747 above brought a whole new meaning to the phrase "you've got the localiser". Well covered in Stanley Stewart's book Emergency.