As I noted in the previous entry about the findings of our airline safety review at the half-way point in 2013, runway excursions remain the most popular accident. No world region appears to be immune, although some are particularly good at it.
Something to think about on final approach
By Stuart Clarke on 23 July, 2013 in Uncategorised
A study published early this year by the Netherlands-based NLR Aviation Safety Institute reveals that the most common causal factor in runway excursions – whether overruns or veering off the side – is runway contamination, whether water, snow, slush or ice. Runway surface contamination is a factor in nearly 58% of all excursion.
This is the bit to think about on approach: the NLR has worked out that if a runway is contaminated, the risk of a runway excursion is 13 times that of landing on a dry runway.
The next thing to think about is how your approach is going: are you fast or high? Landing beyond the touchdown zone is a factor in 39% of overruns, and touching down too fast a contributor in 20% of cases.
There are plenty of other significant factors, all charted in the NLR report.
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