Avro 146-RJ100, G-CFAF
The crew had planned an instrument departure from Birmingham Airport using the aircraft’s Flight Management System (FMS), although they believed the Honiley VOR to be out of service. Shortly after takeoff, the crew observed indications showing that the Honiley VOR was serviceable and whilst confirming its identity, inadvertently retracted the flaps instead of the landing gear. When the aircraft was at about 750 ft agl, the stick shaker activated. The commander immediately reduced the pitch attitude and allowed the aircraft to accelerate to a safe speed and the co-pilot raised the landing gear. The remainder of the flight was uneventful.
Published 10 December 2014