Monday, October 24, 2016

'Low on fuel, Jet pilot made blind landing on 7th attempt'

A Jet Airways aircraft made a "blind" landing in Kerala in August last year in an unprecedented seventh attempt after running dangerously low on fuel due to six previous failed landing attempts on account of bad weather in two cities. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had conduced an inquiry into this case of August 17, 2015, and the report has brought out some chilling facts.
The Boeing 737 on its way from Doha to Kochi had six failed landing attempts - a first ever in aviation history - and made it only in the seventh try in Thiruvananthapuram when it had very little fuel, 349kg to be precise. The DGCA report to the government says this incident could have had "disastrous consequences".
"Do you know where it (runway) is?" the cockpit voice recorder quoted the first officer as asking the commander, and the reply was, "Just going blindly." When the aircraft was approaching Kochi for landing it had 4,844 kg fuel. It tried to land there thrice but due to bad weather the pilots were not able to see the runway and the fuel fell to 2,644 kg.
24/10/16 The Times Of India