Event Details

Title:Loss of altitude while maneuvering on approach, Boeing 727-2H3, C-GYFA
Micro summary:This Boeing 727-2H3 lost significant altitude while maneuvering in turbulent weather.
Event Time:2002-05-20 at 2224 UTC
File Name:2002-05-20-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C2002/05/09
Site of event:Approach
Departure:Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup), Copenhagen, Denmark
Destination:Nottingham East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 727-2H3
Flight Phase:Approach
Operator(s):First Air
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:Whilst turning to intercept the ILS localiser in turbulent weather conditions, the aircraft was given instructions to both descend and decelerate so the handling pilot extended the speedbrakes. The turbulence and later deployment of Flap 2 during the turn, whilst the speedbrakes were extended, resulted in activation of the aircraft's stick shaker stall warning device. In an attempt to recover, engine thrust was increased above go-around power but the aircraft pitched down and continued to descend. The descent was arrested after a warning from the flight engineer and resulted in the speedbrakes being retracted. The aircraft was then climbed and given further vectors to re-establish on the ILS for an uneventful landing. At its lowest point, the aircraft had descended to 1,100 feet QNH (800 feet above airfield level) and a Ground Proximity Warning had been triggered during the descent.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Altitude Excursion
Operations - Turbulence
Close match:Turbulence injuries, Airbus A300B4-605R, G-MONR


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