A pilot explains the shocking similarities between the apparent causes of the Pegasus crash in Turkey and a Brazil Airbus tragedy in which 199 people died

On January 13 a Boeing 737-800 worked by a Turkish minimal effort aircraft called Pegasus Airlines left the side of the runway amid its arrival rollout in Trabzon, Turkey.


It at that point careered over a segment of grass and down a lofty slant. It prevented meters from the rough water’s edge where it hung unstably. Travelers and group got away by climbing up the steeply inclining walkway and out of the back entryways into the relative security of the sloppy bluff.


Here a serving UK carrier chief – who has flown both Airbus and Boeing aircrafts – discloses how to him the mischance looks fundamentally the same as one in Brazil, where the pilots turned out to be apparently confounded around one of the motors staying in high push on landing. It was a catastrophe in which 199 individuals lost their lives.

The pilot, talking secretly, stated: ‘How might anything turn out badly as to cause such a catastrophe when the arrival is relatively finished? How close would it say it was to calamity? Truly no one yet knows the reason. Business flying machine mishaps take months or years to research, such is the meticulous idea of that work.

‘What is sure is that a disaster was barely maintained a strategic distance from. A couple of meters further, somewhat more speed, a fire breaking out. Any of these occasions could have made lives be lost.

‘It has been accounted for that the right-hand motor may have all of a sudden expanded push and made the airplane swing brutally to one side. It is conceivable that something like this happened late into the arrival.

‘As the air ship moderates the air streaming over the balance and rudder (regularly alluded to as the tail) lessens and control is debilitated to a point where the flying machine depends on the grasp of its tires on the runway to keep straight.

‘A lot of push at a moderate speed would quickly conquer the grasp of the little nose tire and turn the air ship.’

The pilot draws a correlation between the Pegasus mischance and a 2007 catastrophe in Brazil, where an Airbus careered off the runway on landing and burst into blazes in a stockroom, murdering every one of the 187 on board and 12 on the ground.

He proceeded with: ‘We know from a deplorable mischance in São Paulo, Brazil, in July 2007 that such an occasion can be uncommonly confounding for the flight team. In such a case the pace of occasions can change rapidly.

‘The two mishaps bear a few likenesses.

‘A TAM Airbus A320 was being flown with one of its two push reversers broken. This required the pilots, both of whom had been flying for over 30 years, to choose just a single turn around thruster and sit out of gear the other – the push levers and invert push are all on a similar lever – soon after touchdown.

‘Notwithstanding, the pilots influenced a basic mistake in just moving one to push lever from the high push position. The outcome was expanding pushed on the contrary motor as a framework known as autothrust turned off.

‘The air ship hurried off the side of the runway and down a lofty bank into a distribution center. Each of the 187 on board were murdered as were 12 individuals on the ground.

‘The examination illustrated perplexity right now of touchdown as an ordinary arrival abruptly went astray. Ignorant of their blunder, the blend of occasions at the purpose of landing quickly conquered the pilots’ capacity to determine what they were seeing. Arrangements were conceivable however the pilots missed the chance to utilize them.

‘One hypothesis about the reason for the mishap is that the pilots didn’t understand that the autothrust framework had been separated by the pushed lever being decreased to sit without moving. They would have anticipated that this would decrease push on the two motors, much the same as on the majority of their past arrivals.

‘Authorities said that the odds of the correct motor expanding push through a mechanical blame were to a great degree far-fetched.’

The pilot included that regardless of board innovation being to a great degree complex, it’s the pilots’ aptitude and preparing that is as yet the most critical factor for safe carrier operations.

He stated: ‘Today carriers like the 737 are exceptionally robotized and astoundingly solid. However, the aptitude and judgment of the flight team is as yet the way to the protected operation of these noteworthy machines.

‘Exceptionally practical test systems are utilized to open flight teams to an assortment of disappointments. Thorough preparing audits pilots’ competency and basic leadership to sharpen their execution.

‘Apparently split-second natural choices are the aftereffect of years of preparing and experience.

‘Much the same as in São Paulo the examination concerning the Trabzon mishap will uncover a tie of occasions paving the way to the mischance. Proposals will be made and lessons learned. In an industry that exchanges on wellbeing stopping isn’t an alternative.’

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