Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5108 posts, RR: 12 Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3448 times:
OH man, those pilors are amazing, I wanna personally shake their hand.
WHen it happened no one over here knew what was up.. Zoom landed here, cause it couldn't go down to Trinidad. People were rumouring it was a Star Dash 8, that there was too much congestion in POS, so I only found out what really happened when i came home. Imagine I work at the airport. LOL..
Inbound From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2001, 846 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3266 times:
As a pilot with Tobago Express, I would like to suggest a better choice of topic titles next time because it wasn't a crash landing.
be careful with the definitions. it was an emergency landing in which the nose gear failed to extend, however with no loss of life or serious injury to crew and passengers.
the airline is under investigation, as is the norm in these instances, and a solution should be announced shortly.
it was a text book landing, and perfectly executed. the distance from when the nose touched the ground to when the airplane came to a complete stop was a mere 60feet, and on centre line. remarkable considering the conditions.
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5108 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3238 times:
Hey sorry if I offended you...
I did not in anyway however make mention of any fatalities or injury. I was simply using the words that were used in the news report. The reporter said in part and I quote "emergency crash landing in Piarco..."
How applicable these words are to the situation I don't know.
As per the pilots? Excellent job done is an understatement. Many are holding them in high regard for the expertise shown in what could have possibly been a more tragic situation..
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3211 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3153 times:
Interesting indeed - the Tobago Express Dash 8 suffered a nose gear failure and made an emergency landing at POS. When I first heard about this from my mother this morning I thought it was a belly-flop landing but on reading the article now I see what actually happened. Yes, one has to be careful how these sorts of events are described but in Caribbean media any such incident would be described as a "crash".
Well done to the pilots of the stricken plane. May Tobago Express recover from this shock event.
Brido From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 160 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2909 times:
From the article:
***The CAA suspended all Tobago Express flights in keeping with international aviation standards and operating procedures, and will investigate what caused the airplane's landing gear to fail.
Tobago Express will only be able to resume its operations after the airline's fleet of five Dash 8 300 aircraft are examined by the CAA and deemed to be fit for flying.***
Can someone clarify this? Obviously a minor incident should not result in a virtual and indefinite shutdown of the airline.
What "international aviation standards" is this article talking about?
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3211 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2887 times:
Brido, while I agree that a single nose-gear failure should not necessarily lead to the grounding of an entire airline, remember that Trinidad & Tobago has been languishing in ICAO Category 2 for the last 5 years. An incident like this does not help their cause at all and so they would endeavour to be seen to be doing something concrete about this accident. Hence the seemingly over-the-top approach.
Hopefully Tobago Express will be back in action soon.