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I have a penalty for exceeding MTOW?
Why can't we exceed the MTOW? (Max Take-Off Weight)

MTOW is a weight that should NEVER be exceeded. It's true that this weight offers a safety margin below the actual maximum take-off weight of the aircraft (or maximum gross weight of the aircraft), in real life, the MTOW is NEVER exceeded. That's a risk airlines are not willing to take. It's better to de-board a few pax and/or some cargo as opposed to risking EVERYTHING and EVERYONE on board with an overweight aircraft. It's just not worth it!

Related aviation information
Crash of Air Midwest Flight 5481 (Aircraft exceeded MTOW, 21 fatalities)
NTSB accident report of Crash CHI99LA235 (Aircraft exceeded MTOW, 2 injuries)
Maximum_takeoff_weight on Wikipedia


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