Boeingdotcom From Singapore, joined Nov 2008, 89 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8599 times:
Those of you who haven't watch We are Marshall (movie) I suggest you watch, it is a great movie!
Okay, so I read up on Wiki.
Quote :"The controllers had advised the crew that there was "rain, fog, smoke and a ragged ceiling" making landing more difficult but not impossible. At 7:34 pm, the airliner's crew reported passing the Tri-State Airport's outer marker for the runway; the controller gave them clearance to land."
Qn. Why did the controllers did not re-route the Southern Air 932?
The airliner was on its final approach to Huntington, West Virginia's Tri-State Airport when it collided with the tops of trees on a hillside 5,543 feet (1,690 m) west of runway 12. The National Transportation Safety Board investigated the accident, and their final report was issued on April 14, 1972. In the report the NTSB concluded "...the accident was the result of a descent below Minimum Descent Altitude during a nonprecision approach under adverse operating conditions, without visual contact with the runway environment...". They further stated the "...two most likely explanations (for the greater descent) are an improper use of cockpit instrumentation data, or (b) an altimetry system error". At least one source says that water which had seeped into the plane's altimeter could have thrown off its height readings, leading the pilots - who had never before flown into Tri-State Airport - to believe the plane was higher than was actually the case.
Qn. Isn't this suppose to be Pilot error? Why is it CFIT?
Qn. Was this crash avoidable given what circumstances?
RIP for those wonderful Marshall players, coach and fan. And to the crew too.
Based on what? ATC can only advise on the weather conditions. The decision to continue or otherwise belongs to the Captain. Weather is not a reason for ATC to reroute traffic.
In the enroute phase that may be given as the reason for a reroute, in fact, the reason is traffic. When pilots start telling ATC they can't fly in a certain area because of weather, they begin turning to avoid the weather. This can create traffic and flow situations, so reroutes are created to avoid the area and stop traffic conflicts.
Basically, ATC can only approve, or dis-approve an action based on traffic.
I don't understand everything I don't know about this.