.>>>I was just wondering what the
final outcome of the Singapore
Airlines 747-400 crash at Taipei Intl
No offical report yet, but it seems pretty clear that they took off on the wrong runway, i.e. the closed 05R, versus the open 05L.
>>>Why did the crew elect to takeoff in an impending typhoon? Surely they would have obtained a weather briefing prior to takeoff or engine start for that matter.
I'm sure they did get briefings, but the "impending typhoon" is a misnomer of sorts. Sure, it was "impending" in the sense that it was continually getting closer to the airport, but the operational criteria for headwind/crosswind
components was what counted. At such time that the typhoon's proximity to the airport became such that these headwind/crosswind limits would be exceeded, that's when the plug would get pulled on the operations, and flight diversions and/or
cancellations would start occurring.
...and stop calling me "Shirley" (Sorry, couldn't resist)
>>>I feel it was the pilot's poor judgement that caused this beautiful aircraft to end her life and end the lives of several hundred passengers.
Again, not necessarily "poor judgement" to have generally attempted the flight--more so an apparent human factors error of taxiing to and
using the wrong runway in less-than-optimum (but still legally permissible) visibility conditions. Last death toll I heard was 82, not several hundred. Still a sad loss, no matter what the number.
>>>I just cannot understand why the crew pressed on knowing that the weather conditions were beyond
even the capability of the giant 747.
Taking what I've read in the mainstream media with a rather large grain of salt, I haven't seen anything as yet to indicate that the weather was
below takeoff minimums, or that headwind/crosswind limits were exceeded.
>>>But sometimes in flying, we make decisions that may well be the last one we make and there is nothing one can do to reverse these decisions.
Agree, but must also add that we have to wait until better-quality info is available before anyone can (or should) make absolute conclusions. In their haste to make deadlines and fill-in airtime, the media usually misses this point, but we can learn some interim lessons until the final cause is established.
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