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Pilots and Controller Blamed for Pakistani A320 CrashAAIB has released the preliminary report on the PIA A320 accident a month after the crash. According to the report, the flight crew failed to extend landing gear, leading to a gear-up landing and initiated a go-around with damaged engines. Investigators also accused the crew of being overconfident. (airlinegeeks.com) More...
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Not quite sure how you blame the controller on this one? 210 kt over the threshold in anything but the space shuttle isn’t what I call stabilized? This accident happened at 30 miles out with an inept crew?
The minister was too embarrassed to place the guilt only and squarely on the pilots, whom his dubious ministry issued "licenses" to.
Perhaps ATC responsibilities in Pakistan are different, but I wouldn't think that it would be the anybody but the pilots' responsibility to extend the landing gear.
What’s very clear is these two pilots weren’t fit to be in the cockpit.
So true. Since the pilot forgot to deploy the landing gear when he landed, and then took off again...
as a tower controller we were always watching the planes in the pattern... if visability is good you'd notice something wrong with a plane on short approach.. and identify "no gear" quickly... even in the busiest of times we'd be watching them on approach... don't know what the conditions were on this one... didn't military controllers have to call out "gear down"???...