Monday 18 December 2017

Main causes of the Manx accident

AN air safety probe found that nine separate factors combined to doom a 19-year-old US turboprop aircraft as it attempted to land at Cork Airport in thick fog.

The factors ranged from a power differential between the Fairchild's two engines, poor crew decisions in challenging conditions, inadequate training and crew fatigue.

The nine key factors identified by the AAIU include:

* The approach was continued in conditions of poor visibility below those required.

* The descent was continued below the decision height without adequate visual reference.

* Uncoordinated operation of the flight and engine controls when go-around was attempted.

* Engine power-levers were retarded below the normal in-flight operational range – an action prohibited in flight.

* A power difference between the engines became significant when the engine power levers were retarded below the normal in-flight range.

* Crew tiredness and fatigue.

* Inadequate command training and checking.

* Inappropriate pairing of flight crew members.

* Inadequate operator oversight.

Irish Independent

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