|Quoting 1400mph (Reply 258):|
I have not read the entire thread but is the general consensus that the pilots were simply not up to the task of manually landing the aircraft ?
No... the general consensus is that they were too low, for some reason. The most likely reason is that they made a mistake of some kind, or a series of them.
"Not up to the task" is a whole other thing. I think this thing about the pilot flying having 43 hours in the 777 is kind of a red herring, at least as it's being presented by the media - he also had more than 10,000 hours in the 744. He should be perfectly well trained and experienced. Dropping below target speed on landing is kind of a rookie mistake, but it's not like 777's have target speeds on landing but 744's don't.
It's possible there's some piece of automation or something else that significantly differs between the two planes that the pilot was momentarily confused by at exactly the wrong moment, but "not up to the task" is taking it too far IMO. In fact it wouldn't surprise me at all if there was a "muscle memory" component to this. I'd be interested to hear any differences in the landing procedures between the 744 and 777, including anything small like switches that go the opposite way or knobs that are in a similar spot but do different things.
|Quoting Gatorman96 (Reply 262):|
Sure, if they were actually watching AAR214 land. Chances are they were busy with their own pre-flight checks though and not focusing on any outside distractions.
I would think that they would have been finished running their checklists at that point. Sometimes pilots do only finish once they're on the runway, but not generally when they have to wait for other traffic. At a busy airport like SFO
, you also want to be ready to get out there and go as soon as you have clearance.
My guess is that they had a front row seat to the whole thing.
btw sorry for the double post earlier - forum was acting up, didn't show it after I submitted and still had the post in my comment field.
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