Event Details

Title:Aircraft incident at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, December 7, 1997, Finland
Micro summary:Due to a fuel loading error, this MD-81 required 70 degrees of control wheel input to keep the wings level.
Event Time:1997-12-07 at 1332 UTC
File Name:1997-12-07-FI.pdf
Publishing Agency:Finland Accident Investigation Board (AIB)
Publishing Country:Finland
Report number:C 32/1997 L
Site of event:Helsinki, climb
Departure:Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Helsinki, Finland
Destination:Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Helsinki, Finland
Airplane Type(s):McDonnell Douglas DC-9-81 (MD-81)
Flight Phase:Takeoff
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:On Sunday, December 7, 1997 departed the flight SK705 from Helsinki to Stockholm. There were 65 passengers and 5 crew members on board, the aircraft used was DC-9-81 and the flight was operated by SAS. The aircraft was refuelled at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport before the departure. The fuel had to be transferred from the center tank to the left main tank to divide the quantities of fuel equally.

The aircraft departed normally, however, as soon as it was in the air, it banked to the left so that a pilot had to turn the control wheel 70 degrees to keep the wings level. The airplane returned to the origin successfully.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Loading
Operations - Upset - Uncommanded or excessive Roll
Systems - Flight Controls - Flap Configuration
Systems - Fuel
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