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July 06, 2013

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hillsider

From the sound of it right now reverse operations are in effect already probably because the two long runways are closed.

Jeff

Maybe, it was too nice a day and the pilots were distracted by the beauty of the Bay. How else could the plane be so slow and so low?

UALster

The news report indicate one of the pilots only had 44 hours on 777s. The other one had much more but strange things can happen when everything seems just fine. One of the tried and true sayings about flying is when things look bad, wind your watch. That means the best course of action sometimes is to wait out the problem. That might not apply when you are that low to the ground but it might also have lessened the damage of the nose coming up on last minute power. We'll see.

Jeff

Whenever I do something for the first time I am extra careful to do it right & "by the book". These two pilots were very experienced flyers but yet there were many firsts for them. First time the pilot landed a 777 at SFO. First time the instructor pilot was acting in that capacity. First time the two had ever flown together. Lots of firsts, maybe too many, but what happened to being "extra careful & doing it by the book"?

Joe

In a front page article in today's WSJ it was noted that:

Foreign airline crews experienced problems approaching SFO at a greater rate than US pilots when the airport's landing guidance system was impaired, a WSJ analysis of government data found.

The findings, based on nearly 100,000 flights coming into the busy hub over six months, come as federal investigators held their first public hearing Wed. on the crash last summer of an Asiana Airlines jet.

....the NTSB revealed that the commander of the Asiana jet failed to respond to as many as four verbal warnings that his co-pilot was descending too quickly

During the five-week stretch leading up to the July 6 crash, a pivotal component of the system was out of service on the two busiest runways because of construction and

....foreign carriers broke off landing approaches to go around and try again at a rate nearly three times as high as their American counterparts.

Joe

Here's some more disappointing findings on the crash from an article in yesterday's Daily Post:

The co-pilot was sitting back in a jump seat while an experienced pilot who was just learning the 777 flew. The co-pilot thought about saying something about descending too quickly, but the other two pilots were senior to him so he never said anything.

And the one flying thought about doing a go-around but in his mind that had to be suggested by the captain or the instructor pilot...

And lastly, the one flying was blinded by a momentary beam of light--he wasn't wearing aviator sunglasses because "he said that would be disrespectful in the presence of a superior like his instructor in the next seat." Wow!

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