AT wrote:It seems that the events following the initial landing attempt are not really in question, nor that the plane was too fast and high on its first attempt (on historyofpia, they report interview with the air traffic controller confirming this too.
The only question mark remains the "why" -- why the plane landed without its gear. Three options- 1. the pilots forgot to lower it; 2. they did think they lowered it but the gear did't lower because they were too fast; or 3; they did actually lower it but during the go-around it retracted too quickly before the engines could spool up.
The last option seems less likely as there would have been significant damage on the gear doors.
I can't believe it has been 11 days.
- Scenario 1) seems the most likely one to me, given the generally rushed impression of the approach.
- Scenario 2) seems unlikely. Looking at the FR24 data, they were never too fast to lower the gear. Certainly not on final.
- Scenario 3) seems quite possible as well. An important part of the go-around procedure (and the take-off for that matter) is to ensure "positive climb" before raising the gear. Both vertical speed and radar altimeter height increasing must be checked.
There are more question marks than just the gear. Why were they unstable? Why didn't they recognise that they were unstable and go around early? What CRM, company culture, and training factors contributed to their decision making?
11 days is nothing in an accident investigation.