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Miscommunication Causes QF Jumbo To Overshoot Rwy  
User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Posted (13 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

Hello everyone,

Saw the report and it says that the co-pilot was flying the plane for landing. The pilot wanted the go-around and pushed thrust to full, but when the wheels touch contacted the runway at 169 knots, he decided to reverse the decision and pulled the thrust to idle and he did not use the reverse thrust. He's actual landing speed should be at about 154 knots. The pilots just used the brakes and plus the wet conditions, so he overshot the runway.

Hmmm... do you guys think if he did not push the thrust... i think he could have landed savely even without reverse.

what do you think?


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User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 1264 times:

Oooops. Sorry guys. I think miscommunication was the wrong word. Sorry... I am so blur this morning.

By the way, partly to blame was the control tower, he should have informed the pilots that visibility had dropped to 1500m, and the Qantas plane before him has aborted the landing.


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User currently offlineDl727-200adv From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 1251 times:

To me it seems pretty stupid of the QF pilots to fail to use reverse thrust in such adverse conditions. I know that apparently QF had instituted a policy to avoid using reverse thrust to save on engine maintenance costs. I guess the policy didn’t figure in the costs of over 100 million dollars in repairs to an airframe after an overrun. Unless QF had physically locked out the reversers if I was flying the aircraft & had doubts about stopping in time I’d say to hell with the no reverse thrust policy & use it anyway. Have any other airlines made it policy NOT to use reverse thrust as a rule other than when flying with reversers inop.? Has QF ditched this policy since the accident?


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 1225 times:

QANTAS has absolutely demolished this policy as a result of this. It should be noted that it was not a rule to never use reverse thrust, but pilots were advised to use their discression when landing. Safety first, money second< I don't care what anyone else here believes, this is every airlines mantra.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 1229 times:

The reports says:
"As with other B747-400 pilots, the crew had not been provided with appropriate procedures and training to properly evaluate the potential effect of the weather conditions,"
This seems that the company are to blame more then anyone.
Mr. BA in regards to the tower benig to blame, it is not their responsibility the decision to land is down to the pilot.

User currently offlineMeister808 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 973 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

Of course it was the crew's fault. The pilot has the decision to land, and he was the one who made it. As for the reverse thrust issue, I think that it is VERY dumb on the pilot's part to not engage reverse thrust in a short-field(or landing too far down the rwy or too fast). In this aspect it is completely the pilot's fault. Miscommunication was a bad word. Maybe misjudgement would be better.


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User currently offlineOakmad From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 1183 times:

You can watch the animation from the flight recorders here..


Its a shame that you can'd read all the instruments even in the large download.

User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

did u say "Wet conditions". Arent pilots dissuaded from using Reverse Thrust on Wet Runways?

User currently offlineAmbasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

Actually Indianguy, its the opposite, TR's should be used on wet runways due to the lack of runway friction

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 1132 times:

Safety first, money second< I don't care what anyone else here believes, this is every airlines mantra.

That is what every airline and government agency wants the public belive but having worked for more then one airline I can say that in real life it is the opposite.

User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

Ok. Mebbe i heard wrong.

What i heard was that for wet runways u land at a higher speed and avoid TR's as it causes skidding.

User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

I don't think thrust reversers cause skidding. I think brakes do.

I was on a QF flight to SYD, they used idle reverse on landing too.... but now it seems every flight i see and took on Qantas... they used reverse....


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User currently offlineGE From Singapore, joined Mar 2000, 320 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 1104 times:

They must have got rid of that silly policy already.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8086 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 1101 times:

I don't think this info is quite correct - the copilot initiated the go-around but the captain took over and tried to stop. What a mess.

Koreanair had an identical crash with an A300-600R at Pusan, the captain was trying to land and the copilot was trying to go around. Power went up and back at least once and they wrote the aircraft off a few hundred feet past the end of the runway. No fatalities luckily.

A lot of airlines don't use reverse thrust, the last few 747s I've done (AI LHR-JFK-LHR and VS LHR-SFO-LHR) were notable for their lack of reverse thrust. Actually they select 'idle reverse' so it's there if they need it.

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User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

Use of reverse thrust is not really a"must" on landings.Landing and stopping distances for airplanes are computed without reversers used.Reverse is used to assist normal breaking.Especially in hot weather operations it helps you not to overheat the brakes and reduces the workload of the brakes.But without the reversers you can also stop.There are jet planes without reversers( foe ex:RJ70/100)
or at some European airports its not allowed to use the reverse after some evening hours due to noise.So not using the reverse thrust can not be the solely reason for overshooting.About the misjudgement on' go around or to stop' ;once the wheels are on the ground its not a good practice to go around because the speed brakes will deploy as it spins on the ground and you're not going anywhere with the speedbrakes deployed.I haven't heard anything about using reversers reduces the engine life and couldn't find anything regarding it on the Volume 2.On usage we don't use the reverse beyond 90
degrees(max reverse) unless you really need to.(company procedures may vary)And also revevser must be stowed back before 60 kts since its not effective anymore and can have foreign object damage.Reversers may cause skidding if operated un evenly on wet surfaces.Actually anytime you use the thrust uneven you may have trouble to keep the nose straight.Brakes are not supposed to skid because thats what anti-skid system is for.
Regards WING.

Widen your world
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1010 times:

I personally think that this is great. I think the Bangkok "incident" has shown us all how safe consious australia really is. How often do you hear such a mountain out of a molehill made out of a crash in Korea?
Where a crash hardly raises an eyebrow and almost nothing is done about it.
I think if we continue to discuss this along with governments and CASA and the airlines, we can only improve.

User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1005 times:


I have to agree with Wing a little on this one. Reversers are not "necessary" for landing, but they sure to help. In the case of a need for a quick stop, reversers are very nice. If the QANTAS jet had used reversers I'm sure they would not have overrun the runway, even with the go-around/landing indecision.

The accident could easily have been fatal, though. It's lucky no one was hurt. Indecision in the cockpit is a very dangerous thing.

Aloha 737-200

User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 989 times:

I remember on a flight from LAX to FRA on Lufthansa, the visibility was well under a mile. The pilots did an ILS onto the runway, but I remember that it was raining, and the airport was quite wet, and when we landed, the pilots put on max thrust reverse, and we were on thrust reverse longer than I have ever experienced; I still remember...it was spectacular. You could barely see out the window because of the low visibility, and we landed, possibly a little fast, and it took a while to stop, but I remember the engine spooling out mist and water from its engine during the thrust reverse, mist was flying out everywhere around the engine, and for a good while too. Then we took the last exit from the runway and taxied to our gate. BEST landing I have ever experienced, one I will never forget. I mean, no one made a big deal about it, to everyone else, it was just a normal landing, but from a window view, it was amazing.

But yeah, pretty dumb for the QF pilots not to use reverse thrust during wet conditions. It doesnt cause skidding by the way (as I read above), common sense tells you that it is braking that causes skidding, and eventually, hydro(aqua)planing. Oh yeah, and the captain shouldn't have took over the plane when the F/O already decided for the go-around, for safety's sake, he should have just went with it.


User currently offlineBJMEL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 991 times:

For your information, use of reverse thrust in the wet is not so much a problem with skidding but it is with maintaing directional control. Small difference I know but that's why a widespread guideline in airlines around the world is that use of reverst thrust in the wet *may* cause problems than it solves. Better to overrun a runway than flip off the side upside down.

Also remember that sometimes, depending on an airport's configuration, the aircraft will need to exit the runway at the far end. If aircraft are closely spaced on final, use of reverse thrust will not be necessary as there is no point in slowing to 60 kts halfway down the runway and taxiing slowly the next 3,000 feet whilst the following aircraft is on a 3 mile final!!!

Would also be interesting to see how many of you guys have actually read the report. Everyone is allowed to have their own opinions but I believe the report fairly apportions cause to all areas - not just pilot error. Pilot error was certainly a major reason but it sure wasn't everything.

User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 978 times:

From what i know (i can be wrong), thrust reversers, if used, they will operate on all the same amount of thrust, to prevent the plane to swerve.

Are the pilots still flying with QF now?

Confusion in the cockpit can really be deadly. Agree too, if the co-pilot is flying the plane, i think the pilot should let him fly the plane down all the way.

alvin  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 972 times:

On each thrust lever there is a reverse thrust lever.These are independent for each engine.You are supposed to operate it evenly but it is possible not to have them at the same amount or in some cases not to have one of the reverser operating .So it is not something automatically goes same amount of thrust to avoid swerving when operating.

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