On 2 January 2015 a Loganair Saab 340B veered off the runway at Stornaway Airport during take-off and came to a halt in the grass. The aircraft was carrying 25 passengers and a number suffered injuries. Reports indicate that the aircraft was caught in strong crosswinds.
Take-off is a critical phase of flight and uncontrolled deviation off the runway, especially at high speed, can have catastrophic results. Fortunately the consequences of this accident were far less serious than they could have been.
It is vital that the accident investigators identify why this aircraft left the runway. All aircraft have maximum cross wind take-off limits, so if a strong crosswind did cause the accident the strength of the wind and whether it exceeded the aircraft’s limits needs to be determined. If it exceeded the limits, the reasons the crew started the take-off run must be identified. If the wind was within limits, then any other factors that caused or contributed to the deviation must be understood.
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