DHL Airbus A300-600 aborts take-off above V1 at Brussels Airport


In the evening of 26 November, a DHL Airbus A300 freighter (D-AEAI) – operated by European Air Transport – departed Brussels Airport’s runway 25R (Belgium) for flight D0841 to Vitoria, Spain. The pilots, however, aborted the take-off above V1.

The airline reported the crew encountered difficulties to take off prompting them to reject take-off during rotation when the nose gear had already become airborne. At that point the crew checked their airspeed, it was still slow enough to reject the take-off. Due to the heavy braking, 8 tires deflated. Fire fighting services rushed to the aircraft.

The cause of the problems to become airborne are under investigation, however, it certainly was no problem with the cargo. The Belgian Air Accident Investigation Unit opened an investigation into the occurrence.


The aircraft blocked the runway until the next day. At 04:00 (UTC +1), airport authorities reopened the runway. During that period, the airport used runway 25L for landings and runway 19 for take-offs.

Following pictures and footage appeared on social media:


Picture Philippe Touwaide

Further information and forum discussion:

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