AAIB investigation to Airbus A319-111, G-EZFA

Early flap retraction after takeoff from Bristol Airport, 16 February 2016


After lift-off, the co-pilot retracted the flap instead of the landing gear. The commander lowered the nose attitude and selected TOGA thrust but the GPWS Mode 3 aural alert (“DON’T SINK, DON’T SINK”) was triggered before the aircraft recovered to climbing flight.

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Airbus A319-111, G-EZFA 08-16

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Published 11 August 2016