Narrative:Flight ROT 371 took off from Bucharest-Otopeni runway 08R for a flight to Brussels. At 09:11 LT, climbing through 4500 feet, the Airbus began to descend again and finally entered a steep dive (80░ nose-down) before crashing into a field.
|Date:||31 MAR 1995|
|C/n / msn:|| 450|
|First flight:|| 1987-06-12 (7 years 10 months)|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4152|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50|
|Total:||Fatalities: 60 / Occupants: 60 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Balotesti (Romania)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Bucharest-Otopeni International Airport (OTP/LROP), Romania|
|Destination airport:||Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Belgium|
While climbing through 2000 feet at 350km/h the crew retracted flaps. At that time the auto throttles (on 'climb' mode) should have reduced power on both engines. But the right power lever (no. 2 engine) remained in take-off power setting. It took no. 1 power lever 42sec to move to idle power. During these 42 seconds an asymmetric thrust situation developed. The aircraft by then had past the 'OTR'-beacon and the crew had, according to SID procedures, begun a 25░ left turn onto a 327░ heading for the Strejnic 'STJ' VOR/DME beacon. Due to the thrust asymmetry the nose-up pitch of 18░ decreased to 0░. The aircraft rolled through 170░ laterally and finally crashed into an open field and exploded on impact.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Lack of crew response to an extreme nose-down attitude. The investigation committee concluded that the captain was either incapacitated or absent from his seat, because he had not said anything while the critical situation was developing. Just before impact the first officer expressed his concern about the situation (either the captain's condition or the aircraft's attitude) and attempted a recovery.
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display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bucharest-Otopeni International Airport to Brussel-Zaventem Airport as the crow flies is 1741 km (1088 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.