QF32 – the book (pt 2): setting up for approach
By David Learmount on 10 July, 2012 in Uncategorised
We’re still airborne an hour after the engine disintegration. I’m exhausted from empathising with the stress, the confusion, the multi-layered situation facing the pilots, cabin crew, airline and passengers.
CNN has already reported a possible Qantas loss.Families all over the world are freaking out.
Onboard (believe me, I’m onboard) we’re still going through the ECAM (electronic centralised aircraft monitor) phase 4 system status readouts, many of which are having to be rejected as illogical because the system clearly cannot cope with the massive, unforeseeable combination of failures.
Copilot Matt is losing his voice from reading out ECAM checklists. Richard puts it like this: “Matt was hoarse, he was tired and, like me, he had inverted his logic ['okay so check what the ECAM has to say, but don't necessarily do it']. Finally, as he called out more inoperative systems on page 3, his voice broke and he added, ‘whatever’.”
Now we’ve just done the landing performance calculations for an aircraft that has no working slats, no autobrake or antiskid, multiple aileron and spoiler failures, and has a badly damaged left wing.
Next episode: the approach and landing.
Oh yes, and I sneaked a preview of the final page of the book. Remember Richard was being line-checked? I’ll quote him about how that went: “The outcome? I didn’t pass.”
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