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