Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A ‘blind’ landing that could have gone wrong

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has concluded that the emergency landing of a Jet Airways aircraft in Thiruvananthapuram on August 18 could have had “disastrous consequences”.

The flight, diverted from Kochi while coming from Doha due to inclement weather, landed at the international airport here after three attempts, a May Day message (emergency), and without the mandatory fuel reserve.

The aviation regulator, in its report to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry, said the aircraft had 4,844 kg of ATF while approaching the Cochin airport for landing. It tried to land thrice in Kochi but due to bad weather, the pilots were not able to see the runway and the fuel fell to 2,644 kg.

In Thiruvananthapuran, the pilots tried to land three times. After the third attempt to land here failed, the crew took a sharp turn at a low height that set off the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) alarm in the cockpit.
15/11/16 S.Anil Radhakrishnan/The Hindu