Two things -
1 - V1 is the speed at which the flight crew must make the decision to abort the takeoff, and be able to safely stop before the end of the runway. It is not the speed at which the nose wheel comes up (which is designated as Vr). V1 depends on runway length, aircraft weight, and other factors. Once the aircraft passes V1 the crew would either need to takeoff, and make an immediate return to the airport, or slam on the brakes and accept the consequences of running off the end of the runway.
2 - The passengers are undoubtedly being protected today on either the fixed original aircraft, or if the rumors are true, an LH
747. Trying to find room for over 200 passengers during the summer on one flight to Eorupe is going to be impossible. (Trust me, I just got back from Europe yesterday, and the load factor both ways was 100%). LH
will undoubtedly plan on keeping all the passenger with them, and getting them home on a non-stop Dallas-Frankfurt flight ASAP.
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