That is one major f**k up on the crews behalf, especailly the captain. What completely shocks me is the obvious lack of instrument usage within the cockpit. I cant believe how neither one of the crew understood their altitude in the seconds of the bodged up go around. When flying in IMC contitions, with absolutly no outside visual references I cannot understand why the captain was not using his instruments. And the fact that the F/O was not realising the captains mistakes or was too afraid to point them out really disturbs me. Ive also never heard of a pilot making a 360 to reduce speed and altitude at such a low altitude and close proximity to the runway. 0.9 miles from the runway?! Good god.
I remember the days just after the accident. It was such a confusing accident as although it seemed obvious human error, the ATC stated that the had no idea what went on with the approaches and what the hell the captain was trying to do.
Gulf Airs lack of compliancy with many of th DOCAMs requests also shocks me. If that was an airline in the US, I think they would have been grounded.
Classic and disturbing case of human arror. What a tragedy.