My question is whether is would be feasible, not necessarily practical however, to fit aircraft with JATO systems to assist in TOGA (Take Off/Go Around) situations and events such as microbursts. This idea came to me after reading the story of Delta 191, which i summarized below, as well as after reading the post in the general aviation forum in regards to Mexicana 727 rockets for hot and heavy take-offs.
(Before reading, if unaware...a microburst is an invisible phenomenon in which extremley powerful down-drafts strike the ground, causing stong upward drafts to bounce off the ground and surround the column of downward air.
I just spent some time reading the accident report for Delta Flight 191 which crashed on approach to DFW from FLL in August of 1985. For anyone unfamiliar with this crash, the basics are that the aircraft, an L1011-300 encountered a microburst at 800ft while roughly 2 miles out on approach to runway 17L @ DFW . After fighting the microburst which fluctuated the airspeed between 119kts (near stall speed) and 233kts (far above the 173kts recommended), the aircraft finally was pushed to the ground at a sink rate of -43ft/sec thanks to the overwhelming force of the microburst's downdraft combined with the negative angle of attack the pilots had entered to counteract the threat of stalling. The pilots fought to avoid the ground with full thrust and full upward elevator/horizontal stabalizer movement, but the winds were just to strong. GIVEN THAT....could this or similar incidents be avoided if aircraft were fitted with corresponding JATO systems to give extra lift and thrust during those few crucial monents?
Of course the biggest problem would probably be the added weight for a system which would probably never be used, so again I am not concerned with whether it is an economical idea...rather a technically possible one.