Air New Zealand launch Boeing 787-9 in all-back livery leaves Boeing paint shop.
Air New Zealand launch Boeing 787-9 in all-back livery leaves Boeing paint shop. Boeing image.

Video: Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner engine failure testing

Even though it very rarely happens, everyone dreads the failure of an engine at take-off. After all this is the mode of the flight when engine power is required the most. What is not known to most passengers, every aircraft has to prove it can take-off with one engine failed. This is done via “abuse-take-offs” where engine power is intentionally reduced or “engine-out” where one engine is switched off to simulate failure.

This video from Boeing shows how its test and evaluation team conducts testing of the 787-9 Dreamliner that was just delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand. Watch when the engine is deliberately switched off during the take-off run and how the plane slews on the runway before the pilot recovers.

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About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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  1. Very misleading title. I was looking for the moment where the aircraft actually ‘failed’ the engine testing. It just an “engine fail” test. Perhaps rename it to “engine failure testing”?