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Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 1:12 am

So WN runs an a/c off the end of a runway in Phoenix yesterday, and the media barely takes notice.

If this were Airtran, imagine what the reaction would be.

Someone said that this wasn't as serious as Burbank. Actually, I disagree. In Burbank, the crew was aware of the runway conditions, length, etc. Apparently, they simply chose to continue an approach that they should have aborted and landed far too long. That's a judgment error (a serious one), probably resulting from their Cowboy-ish, arrive-on-time cockpit culture. That likely got a revision after BUR.

If the initial reports are correct, the PHX accident was based on *lack of knowledge* as to the length of the runway, which was being modified. That means, somewhere, a failure to complete certain checklists or fully listen to ATIS or review certain charts. That's much, much worse than the judgment error in BUR, in my view.

In both cases, the aircraft could well have turned into flaming hulks due to pilot error, and, as I said, if this were any other discount carrier, the media would be in a feeding frenzy. What's it gonna take before Southwest gets a wake-up call, and the media actually pays attention?

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RE: Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 1:28 am

Whaddya mean? I heard this on all three newscasts in San Francisco last night!
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RE: Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 8:11 am

A Southwest PILOT not being familiar with Phoenix????

Isn't that one of their main hubs? I would think that all of them would be familiar with PHX.

It's not like an AirTran pilot landing in Ontario for the first time.
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I Disagree.

Tue Mar 06, 2001 8:18 am

Sounds more like an ATC problem to me. Maybe the message was not properly put onto the ATIS. COULD happen. I mean, knowing that he thought the runway was 11000 feet, it makes sense that he pulled a greaser rather than smack it at the numbers. Only to his dismay, HALF of the runway was... gone. Could be the result of MANY things, not just pilot error.

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RE: Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 8:21 am

I live in Arizona I herd it on the news. What really happen is that they were a little to high on the approach so when landing he over shot and came down a little hard. Sence he was a little further down the runway they needed more room to stop thats what really happened. Smile
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RE: Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 8:31 am

The situation on this runway is a little odd, but nothing that should not be able to be handled. The threshold on RWY 8 is displaced in 5000' from the end of the runway. All of that area is closed for the extension and resurfacing project. There is no ILS available for RWY 8 either. So this was a visual approach. However the pilot should have been aware that only 6000' feet was available for landing and a slightly fast approach or being a little too high was especially critical in this situation, you don't want to end up on 44th Street. Perhaps b/c the incident occured at night it would have been better to request a landing on one of the 7's instead.
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RE: Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 8:45 am

I heard about it this morning on the local news. The plane was scheduled to come to ABQ after landing in PHX. Anyone happen to know the N Number?


RE: Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 9:10 am

As you can probably imagine, all the local newscasts here in Phoenix covered the story in depth. Not sure about the others, but 3TV had two reporters on the scene, and spent the first 7 minutes (or so) of "Tonight Arizona" covering the story. I would imagine that the other stations covered it in depth as well.

As for the national newscasts, it's no wonder the story was ignored. There have been three major developing stories all day long (the San Diego school shooting, the storm in the East, and Cheney's heart trouble).

Also, the plane never left the perminter of the airport, like it did in Burbank. That fact alone made it a less "dramatic" incident from the point of view of the media.

RE: Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 9:34 am

Let me put it this way

i live in nashville and i just now heard of it!! i watch the news too. so it must not be that big of a deal. im sure it will cost the airline a few g's

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Tue Mar 06, 2001 10:28 am

The reg. # was N334SW
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ABQ757, Sorry I Lied

Tue Mar 06, 2001 10:30 am

It was actually I saw N334SW which is a Shamu paint job.
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RE: Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 10:50 am

As myself for a pilot reference, a pilot must read the updated NOTAMs' (Notices To Airmen) for the arrival facility before departing on their trip. When listening to ATIS, before arrival, a pilot must make sure that they listen to the whole report before contacting the local approach frequency for any deviation from the normal operating procedures for that facility. From experience, I do know that a long ATIS report is a pain in the a#s to listen to when you are very near to infringing on a controlled airspace area, thus some pilots only listen to the weather portion of the ATIS report and then immediately switch over to approach frequency, therefore potentially missing any hazard advisories on the ATIS report.

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RE: Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 12:15 pm

Am I right in saying that not every visual approach gives you a good visual? I mean, I've seen a few times where pilots report having the field in sight but I know I can't see them very well... If you can see the rwy lights that's one thing, but obstructions and all of the markings?

Sorry if I sound mike a non-pilot idiot, but I'm very skeptical that any pilot can see the entire runway and all possible obstructions from more than 1 mile away, even at 1,000 ft.

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RE: Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 12:16 pm

Let me just add that the pilot should have been able to make a decision about going around, and perhaps this guy or gal didn't make the proper decision.

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RE: Southwest Accident: Charmed?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 4:22 pm

In my opinion this was pilot error. Everybody else landing in PHX for the past month while the runway has been getting resurfaced has landed just fine. Do you think the pilots will lose their jobs?

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