Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 crash at Amsterdam: not so simple

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The Dutch preliminary report on the loss of the Boeing 737-800 at Amsterdam in February is out and it shows that matters are more complex than first realised. No surprise of course.

A lot of commenters here and elsewhere were pretty critical of the crew’s behaviour and the report gives the critics some added evidence, but also some additional points to ponder.

Turns out that they were offered, and accepted, a descent onto theglidepath from above, which is never great, but the unspoken pressureon you at a busy hub in good weather is always there. But then theyended up below 800ft before they got speed back to reference. Is thatOK? I think some will say yes and some no. Borderline anyway.

Meanwhile they’d already been experiencing spurious configurationwarnings at altitude – possibly due to the radalt fault at the centreof the whole thing – and then received new ones on approach. And thatin an aircraft now known, though not specified whether they knew, tohave had the fault before. All of which would shape your mindset Ithink.

So, when the misguided autothrottle quietly pulled the power back onthem, is it quite so unforgivable not to have realised what was goingon?

Finally, there’s a comment in the report suggesting, though not quiteas clearly as it might, that the cockpit door may not have been lockedas previously suggested.

Full report here.

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One Response to Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 crash at Amsterdam: not so simple

  1. Anonymous June 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    This case is identical to Boeing-777-236ER at Heathrow 0on 17 January 2008.
    Youth Faithfully. Russian D.T.Sc.

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