OB1783P From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 329 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months ago) and read 3319 times:
I was trying to think of nighttime accidents that would not have occurred during daylight hours, and the following easily came to mind:
Bombay AI 747
Windhoek SAA 707
Guam KAL 747
and many others probably.
Now any daytime accidents that would not have occurred at night:
Tenerife maybe? Any others?
Does this indicate that it is considerably safer to schedule one's takeoffs and landings during daylight hours?
I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!
Bond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5646 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3222 times:
Quoting OB1783P (Thread starter): Does this indicate that it is considerably safer to schedule one's takeoffs and landings during daylight hours?
How is night time any different from IMC?
One might argue that it's safer in VMC at night than IMC during the day!
Actually, as a pilot, there are a few advantages to night flying. When flying VFR at night (or even a visual approach), it's usually much easier to see traffic in a busy ATC area, rather than during a hazy day.
I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
In that accident, the crew descended prematurely to the approach decision height. In the daylight hours, they *may* have seen the rising terrain and aborted the approach.
However, there were many other factors contributing to this accident. There was non-standard phraseology in the cockpit, the Captain had been rescheduled, the crew was rushed, weather was deteriorating, the airplane was flying in and out of IMC, the glide slope was out of service, etc, etc, etc....
As with every accident, there are several factors which, each one viewed alone, would not cause an accident. However, when those factors are tied together, they prove disastrous. Plus, GUM is a wierd airport - it's almost like landing on a plateau surrounded by mountains, IIRC.