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B738 vicinity Canberra Australia 2014

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Summary
On 9 May 2014, the crew of a Boeing 737-800 found that rotation during take off required significantly more back pressure on the control column than would be expected. It was found that a party of 87 primary school children all seated together at the rear of the cabin had been checked in as adults so that the aircraft had been up to 5 tonnes lighter and with a significantly different trim requirement than the certified and accepted loadsheet stated. The error was attributed to the inadequate group check arrangements of the airline involved.
Event Details
When May 2014
Actual or Potential
Event Type
Ground Operations, Loss of Control
Day/Night Not Recorded
Flight Conditions Not Recorded
Flight Details
Aircraft BOEING 737-800
Operator Qantas
Domicile Australia
Type of Flight Public Transport (Passenger)
Origin Canberra International Airport
Intended Destination Perth International Airport
Outcome
Damage or injury No
Investigation Type
Type Independent

Summary

On 9 May 2014, the crew of a Boeing 737-800 found that rotation during take off required significantly more back pressure on the control column than would be expected. It was found that a party of 87 primary school children all seated together at the rear of the cabin had been checked in as adults so that the aircraft had been up to 5 tonnes lighter and with a significantly different trim requirement than the certified and accepted loadsheet stated. The error was attributed to the inadequate group check arrangements of the airline involved.

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