Event Details

Title:Altimeter setting error and altitude excursion, McDonnell Douglas MD-11, N701GC, December 3, 2005
Micro summary:This MD-11 descended to a lower altitude than cleared due to having omitted to set the altimeters.
Event Time:2005-12-03 at 0205 UTC
File Name:2005-12-03-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C2005/12/1
Site of event:On approach to Nottingham East Midlands Airport
Departure:Cologne Bonn Airport, Cologne, Germany
Destination:Nottingham East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Airplane Type(s):McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Flight Phase:Approach
Operator(s):Gemini Air Cargo
Type of flight:Cargo
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The incident occurred during an approach to Nottingham East Midlands Airport when the crew were distracted and omitted to set the arrival QNH of 974 mb on any of the three altimeters despite having acknowledged the setting to ATC. When the crew levelled at 2,000 ft, ATC questioned the aircraft’s pressure setting because the radar display indicated that the aircraft was much lower than cleared. At the time, the crew were visual with the approach lights.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Altitude Excursion
Operations - Crew Resource Management


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