Event Details

Title:Late gear and flap selection, Boeing 767-200, N653US
Micro summary:This Boeing 767-200 landed safely, but only after late gear and flap selection.
Event Time:2005-11-06 at 0745 UTC
File Name:2005-11-06-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G2005/11/06
Site of event:Final approach to Runway 26L, London (Gatwick)
Departure:Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, Pensylvania, USA
Destination:Gatwick Airport, London, England
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 767-200
Flight Phase:Approach
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The aircraft landing gear selection was delayed until the aircraft was at 500 ft agl, and the final landing flap was not fully deployed until a few seconds before touchdown. At 500 ft agl ATC asked the crew to confirm that the landing gear was down and requested that the aircraft should carry out a go-around if it was not.
The reason for the late configuration of the aircraft was not determined but the safety net of stabilised approach criteria requiring a mandatory go-around was not effective. A GPWS alert was similarly ineffective in that it was either not heard or not responded to by crew members. Furthermore the crew could have been alerted by the concern demonstrated by the controller and his suggestion that the aircraft should go-around. Although a safe landing was made, established safety margins were compromised.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Airspace - Air Traffic Control
Operations - Airspace - GPWS
Operations - Checklists/Procedures
Operations - Crew Resource Management
Operations - Task Saturation
Operations - Unstabilized Approach
Systems - Flight Controls - Flap Configuration
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