Tired air­craft pi­lot had to abort land­ing at 230 feet

Nottingham Post - - NEWS -

A CARGO plane had to abort its land­ing due to prob­lems dis­con­nect­ing the auto-pi­lot.

The drama took place on De­cem­ber 14, 2017, at 6.06am and in­volved an SE-MHF air­craft.

A re­port by the Air Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bu­reau says the co-pi­lot tried to dis­con­nect the auto-pi­lot at 800ft but it did not ap­pear to dis­con­nect.

The land­ing was aborted at 230ft and the pi­lots had to ini­ti­ate an­other land­ing.

The flight was sched­uled to de­part from East Mid­lands Air­port (EMA) just af­ter mid­night but de-ic­ing and de­par­ture were de­layed and the flight only took off at 3.01am. It ar­rived at its des­ti­na­tion, Belfast Alder­grove Air­port, and took off with­out prob­lems for the re­turn flight.

The co-pi­lot was des­ig­nated as the pi­lot fly­ing but said that at times “he felt very tired dur­ing the flight”, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The in­quiry re­port says: “It is likely the crew were op­er­at­ing at a low point of their cir­ca­dian rhythm which could have ad­versely af­fected their alert­ness.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, the co-pi­lot had been awake in ex­cess of 18 hours which might have re­duced his ca­pac­ity for at­ten­tion-based tasks.

“How­ever, the crew were both ac­cus­tomed to op­er­at­ing night du­ties.”

The Euro­pean Avi­a­tion Safety Agency states “sci­en­tific re­search shows con­tin­u­ous awake time in ex­cess of 18 hours can re­duce the alert­ness and should be avoided”.

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