Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Results of investigation Turkish Airline plane crash

Last week the Turkey Airline Pilots Association (TALPA) Secretary-General Savas Sen said that a large Boeing 757 had landed at Schiphol Airport two minutes earlier. Sen said that plane most likely created "wake turbulence" that hampered the Turkish aircrafts landing. Which is of course nonsense; if this was the case than we had in Amsterdam at least every day a plane crash. But it looks like that a Turkish Airline can not make a crash, so that silly blame game already started.
This morning FlightGlobal already pointed out that everything looks in the direction of the pilots and failure of a faulty altimeter.
Here the results of a report to Boeing:

-no evidence of fuel shortage, birdstrike, icing, windshear, wake turbulence, or engine, system or control malfunction
-the first officer was initially flying the aircraft and was inexperienced in airline operations
-autopilot and autothrottle were in use
-the aircraft was initially high and fast on the approach and at about 2,000ft above ground the throttles were pulled to idle
-the authrottle went to "retard" mode and the throttles then stayed at idle for about 100 seconds during which time the speed fell to 40kt below reference speed
-the aircraft descended through the glideslope with the captain talking the first officer through the before landing checklist
-the stick shaker activated at about 400ft above ground and the first officer increased power
-the captain took control and as the first officer released the throttles they moved to idle due to being in "retard" mode
-after six seconds the throttles were advanced but as the engines responded the aircraft hit the ground in a slightly nose-high attitude
-throughout the episode the left-hand radio altimeter read negative seven feet altitude, but the right-hand radalt worked correctly.

I sincerely hope that no stories of 'they' want to put us in a bad light etc.' will appear in Turkish newspapers and on Turkish TV.

Boeing will warn crews about fundamentals like flying the aircraft, monitoring airspeed, monitoring altitude, and will give advice about radalt issues.

Statement #8

It's life, not death, that has no limits...

(from Love in the time of Cholera - El amor en los tiempos del cólera -, by Gabriel García Márquez)

Day opening - March 4

A cloud split...