The aircraft was observed to become airborne from runway 33 and then to lose altitude with the landing gear extended. The descent was continued, causing concern to the tower controller who activated the crash alarm. After the crew were asked and had confirmed that operations were normal the aircraft landing gear was retracted and it began to climb.
The investigation found that the flaps had been retracted at the time when the landing gear is normally retracted. Neither pilot had any recollection of making the selection, nor were they aware that the flaps were retracting, until after the stall warning activated during the climb after takeoff.
|Date:||11 December 1997||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1128 hours EST|
|Location:||1 km NNW Cairns, Aero.|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Incorrect configuration|
|Release date:||15 August 1999||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||British Aerospace PLC|
|Aircraft model||BAe 146|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Cairns, QLD|
|Departure time||1128 hours EST|
|Destination||Ayers Rock, NT|
|Role||Class of licence||Hours on type||Hours total|