October 31, 2000.
17 years ago, Singapore airlines B744, flight 006 crashed upon reaching V1 speed on takeoff, at Taiwan, Chiang Kai Shek international airport. At that time, there was strong winds , severe rain and thunderstorm taking place. The Captain decided to taxi the plane slowly in case they would skid off the wet runway. Despite having to get the airplane airborne as soon as possible, the Captain continued taxiing at a slow pace. Some time after, he finally reached the runway and lined up, about to takeoff. However, the junior officer notice a problem. He realised that Para Visual Display(PVD) has not lined up, which indicates that the plane was not on the correct runway. However , bcos many time have passed during taxi, the Captain still wrongly assumes that the plane was on the correct runway. He still decided to takeoff on that wrong runway. As the plane reached V1 speed, it collides with the construction equipments, tearing the plane into half. 83 out of 179 people died. Investigators cites the crash as pilot error. Both captain were subsequently fired by Singapore Airlines. As of April 6, 2012, Singapore Airline retired B747 in their fleets. Safety never comes without tragedy. May the 83 dead victims R.I.P
Side note: This unique paint scheme of SQ is known as Tropical Megatop
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