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Flying the Boeing 747-400 with an engine failure on crosswind
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Saturday, 06 October 2012 08:18

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747-400 taking off Amsterdam

Hello Capt Lim,

Great job at this site my old Si-foo ! I read your article on Dead Stick Landings on Air Asia Travel 3Sixty magazine (see here) and posted a comment...

I well remember the dead stick Spot Landing competitions in those days at RSFC!

Now, I have another question for you after all these years!

In a strong cross wind take off in a multi-engine aircraft (e.g. Boeing 747), is it better for the 'upwind' engine or downwind' engine to fail for better control of the aircraft..

I say the downwind engine!

Capt Siva.

Dear Capt Siva,

It is great to reconnect again! We had great times at the Royal Selangor Flying Club that was the centre of social gathering for all pilot enthusiasts, local and expatriates. Flying was fun and my favourite food there (especially the Sunday chicken curry) was most memorable!

Since you have many flying hours on the Boeing 747-400, you are in a better position to answer the question – yes, you would rather have an engine failure on the right side (downwind engine) as it offers better control and handling of the plane!

I look at it from the point of view on the direction of the crosswind.

If the strong crosswind is from the left, the tendency is for the nose of the Boeing 747 to cock to the left during take off - thus, an engine failure on the right (downwind side) would cause a yaw to the right, assisting the directional control.

Have fun viewing the videos below on crosswind landings on various planes!

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Boeing 747 crosswind landing at Kai Tak Airport Hong Kong (1998)


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Cross wind landings.......
Wooo wooo Capt Lim.....That was the infamous old Kai Tak airport Hong Kong, hope your readers enjoy the X-wind landing videos as much I did ! Didnt enjoy doing it for myself at Kai Tak. Sweaty palms and rubber knees led to a rather shaky PA after such landings.
Thanks for your comment. In a rather well known publication used extensively by would be pilots preparing for Airline Interviews, the author suggests that crosswind landings or an engine falure at take off could be better controlled with the failed engine on the UPWIND side. You and I disagree of course.......I have no way to contact the author of the book, so I hope he reads our views here. God forbid that a pilot being interviewed gives the wrong answer.
captsiva , 08 Oct, 2012

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