Western727 wrote:DUSdude wrote:FlyingViking wrote:The ABC13 feed has a very short view from the right rear down. I think I can just catch the trailing edge of the right wing. Looks like flaps were extended.
https://abc13.com/plane-crash-katy-toda ... /11143371/
I don't see flaps in that footage from the rear angle. I only see the flap track fairings or whatever they are called under the wing. The MD80s have a pretty massive leading edge slat that would be quite prominent and would reflect a lot of light as it is unpainted aluminum. I'm not seeing that in any footage either. So the plane looks not configured for takeoff to me. Other question is why the thrust reversers are stowed.
The TE flaps and LE slats look extended to me. The LE looks too "thick" from the front to be clean. Further, on the taxi out segment at 1:31 we see the port spoilers going up as part of the usual pre-takeoff check, and the TE flaps are clearly down at that point, indicated by the angle of the TE flap vs the fuselage with the stowed position on the fuselage exposed. The slats look extended at that point as well, evidenced by the shinier part of the upper LE of the wings that gets exposed when the slats are out.
I don't know which pre taxi video you are referring to. I can no longer make sense of the ABC videos, they seem to have shuffled some stuff around. But you may be right. It is starting to look like a left engine failure started the sequence of events.