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MD80 plane crash in Phuket, Sep. 07

Old 17th Sep 2007, 04:33
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For the uninitiated in Monsoon rains. 2000m vis in Rain is not the same as 2000m vis in Miist. 2000m vis in Rain at 150 knots gives you 500m Forward Vis. ie near Cat 2. Monsoon driver.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 04:37
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Originally Posted by Lee View Post
Read the headlines in today's The Jakarta Post that an Indonesain pilot was killed in the crash.
Does anyone know if he was flying the aeroplane or was he just a passenger?
The Jakarta Post article actually goes on to say he was the pilot.

From The Jakarta Post.
The Foreign Ministry in Jakarta has confirmed that the pilot, *****, who died in the accident, was an Indonesian citizen. “We have confirmation that one of our citizens died in the accident. He was the pilot of the plane. His name is ********,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo said.
Here's the link to the Jakarta Post (click on the "Today's front page" link top left corner to launch the PDF of the frontpage).
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 04:40
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'' Let's pray for the souls and leave it to the experts on the scene to figure out.

This is a forum- whats wrong with conjecture, it is not morbid as you imply and hopefully may illuminate others
iron sharpens iron as the bible says
it also says we are not to pray for the dead
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 05:31
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Thanks mingalababya

Thanks for the posting The Jakarta Post website.

It's clear that one of the dead pilots is Indonesian.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 05:36
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Contrary to my earlier post, my local news channel is now reporting captain and first officer did not survive, and also confirming that the PIC was Indonesian.

Apologies for the earlier mis-information.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 06:08
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Ron & Edna Johns
And as professional pilots we really should be refraining from speculating.
Nonsense, and the fact that this forum exists and thrives shows it.

Many experienced contributors have provided informed, knowledgeable input and insight into the causes and pathways to an accident. Not only should professional airmen not refrain from thinking about and considering an accident but they should do just the opposite of what you are suggesting and fully engage the process if for no other reason than to continue learning. The TAM thread, though it has now run it's course, has shown the great value in such a discussion, and where true, uninformed non-professional speculation occurs, it is winnowed out not by those who would have us all sit on the sidelines to wait for final pronouncements from experts but in the marketplace of ideas and notions where very often such expertise can and does exist. This is, after all, a forum format, ostensibly for professionals and not a judiciary or a formally convened board.

Part of any informal positing of causes involves the examination of available information as I and others are doing, and that includes the weather even though we know from experience that it can vary from the recorded values - that too, is "knowledge" and it does not occur only in these areas - try St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, on any February evening...

In fact you state,
"The FDR and the airspeed/ground speed parameters, plus any recorded weather parameters from ATC are what's needed."
and I couldn't agree with you more, which is why the METARS have been noted and commented upon.

Absolutely the formal, final report ought to be left to IIC and his/her team but learning does not need to wait, providing opinions and thoughts are supported by the evidence as gathered and known. The whole idea of drawing "academic" diagrams is to help that process and to avoid the path that these kinds of discussions take on other forums where speculation is truly rampant and sometimes even silly.

There is no Monday-morning work here, no "J'accuse", and certainly there is no discussion re Lo-Co operators and safety even hinted at, so please set aside such notions in favour of curiosity. I am keenly aware that the greatest, though by no means the sole arbiter of facts, are the DFDR, CVR and associated ATC, weather, runway and crew data and as this data is slowly made available, it will be examined and again, commented upon.

As for praying for their souls, I could not agree with you more strongly and thank you for saying it again.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 06:34
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I second PJ2's reply to Ron Johns.

I presume that few people have a problem with the process of picking up data from QARs and analysing them in quasi-real time to determine safety and unsafety trends and feed them back ASAP into line flying. Why would it be then, that in the case that someone dies, we are supposed to stop discussing and shut up for a couple of years?

Surely what works in the one case works in the other. If feedback on QAR parameters helps line flying, then so does analysing accidents. Waiting one or two years for a report may mean one or two years of lessons not learned.

Assuming also that the report is accurate. About half the reports we look at have easily identifiable mistakes in the causal reasoning. Public discussion of the analysis beforehand might have alerted the report writers to mistakes they were making.

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Old 17th Sep 2007, 06:36
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Only opinions...

Ron & Edna Johns, this is a forum and from this you should expect that there will be discussion, speculation and analysis. While everyone is acutely aware of the importance detailed investigation plays in matters such as these, I think you are inferrring that no discussion should take place at all, what would that achieve? Most of the contributors here are seasoned professionals not fox news affiliates so the "opinions" expressed usually have a reasonable grounding.
As for prayer.. you are 100% correct.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 07:09
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Without wishing to jump to any conclusions, this airline is a subsidiary of Orient Thai, which were subject to great scrutiny regarding their safe operation some time ago, widely covered by this forum as I recall.

If PIC was indeed Indonesian, I would hazard an educated guess that an expatriate Indonesian pilot would be significantly more cost effective than a domestic Thai one.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 08:36
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A tragic accident. The METARS suggest nothing too bad weatherwise, however evidently something was not quite right. This guy tries an approach from what I hear and he quite rightly doesn't like it so goes around - good call. Why then did he try again straight away - maybe press-onitis, maybe he was watching the fuels guages and didn't have the option of holding, maybe he hadn't thought about taking extra fuel before leaving Bangkok or maybe the company pressurised him to take flight plan fuel and no more??. You know the scenario, short flight, weather seems ok, 3% or 5% contingency fuel on a short flight in reality is NOT MUCH, the weather changes unexpectedly, hence he tries again as the options are running out. Maybe the vis wasn't too good but not bad enough for this to happen. We will have to wait and see the outcome. Don't want to put blame soley on him, maybe company has to take some blame.
Again a tragic accident - there but the grace of god go many of us - IF IN DOUBT TAKE MORE FUEL - GIVES YOU OPTIONS.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 09:00
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Not that I know, but I suspect the nominated alternate had a similar forcast to detination, so sometimes diverting can just move your options with less fuel to play with. (Better to hold off at destination rather than divert and hold off there.) I do hope fuel was not an issue forcing an approach, but as you say some company policies verge on stupidity. Not saying that was the case here.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 09:11
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Intertview on CNN with mother of one survivor stated that the survivor overheard crew discussing emergency evac procedures before landing. I am not implying anythng, just stating that what was said and heard and reported by CNN seems to indicate that (Direct Quote) they knew they were going to crash!

Strange one that

Terrible accident, and so sad for all the families involved
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 09:49
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If the approach was on 09 with an attempted go around at touch down the significant up slope to the runway would make it difficult, especially with possible downdrafts.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 09:53
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What is to be gained from the wild speculation espoused in this thread? If there is a KNOWN safety aspect to the discussion that requires wide dissemination, then let it flow, otherwise please wait for some FACTS!
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 09:57
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According to nippysweetie;

Eyewitness account from Canadian survivor.

"We started to go for the landing and he just about hit the runway, but couldn't make it, so he lifted back up. We started to circle. I thought he was going to circle back around and try again, and then we took a sharp right and we started going for the ground."

Could he have stalled during go-around?
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 10:08
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Data recorders found in Thai plane crash
By SUTIN WANNABOVORN, Associated Press Writer 22 minutes ago
Authorities on Monday found the two flight data recorders from a plane that crashed and killed 90 people — mostly foreigners — on Thailand's resort island of Phuket, while an airline official said wind shear may have doomed the flight.
The budget One-Two-Go Airlines flight was carrying 123 passengers and seven crew from Bangkok to Phuket when it skidded off a runway Sunday while landing in driving wind and rain, catching fire and engulfing some passengers in flames as others kicked out windows to escape.
Kajit Habnanonda, president of Orient-Thai Airlines, which owns One-Two-Go, said wind shear — the rapid change in wind speed which can impact takeoffs and landings — was a possible cause of the accident. Heavy rains could have contributed to the plane skidding off the runway, Kajit added.
At least four Americans were among the 54 foreign tourists killed and one survived the crash, according to a U.S. Embassy spokesman in Bangkok who spoke on condition of anonymity citing protocol.
An Israel Embassy official who spoke on condition of anonymity for the same reason said there were 10 Israelis on the passenger list. Two were injured, the official said.
Passengers from France, Sweden, Iran and Australia also were killed, as were the plane's Indonesian pilot and Thai co-pilot, according to the airline's list of dead passengers, which was obtained by The Associated Press.
Survivors described how the McDonnell Douglas MD-82 was preparing to land in heavy rains when it suddenly lifted off again and then came crashing down on the runway. It rammed through a low retaining wall and split in two after it crashed.
"I think he realized the runway was too close or he was too fast or the wind had hit him," Robert Borland, a survivor who lives in Australia, told The Associated Press. "He accelerated and tried to pull out. I thought he is going around again and the next thought was everything went black and there was a big mess and we hit the ground."
Borland, 48, managed to drag himself to an exit where he was pulled by another survivor from the plane to safety.
"People were screaming. There was a fire in the cabin and my clothes caught fire," he said.
Parinwit Chusaeng, who was slightly burned, said some passengers were engulfed in flames.
"I stepped over them on the way out of the plane," Parinwit told The Nation TV channel. "I was afraid that the airplane was going to explode, so I ran away."
Parts of the twisted plane lay smoking at the side of the runway, while officials wearing masks carried bodies wrapped in white sheets to an airport storage building.
Transport Minister Theera Haocharoen said the plane's black boxes would be sent to the United States for analysis.
"Hopefully, we will learn in a few weeks the cause of accident," he said.
Many of the passengers had been planning to vacation at Phuket, a popular beach resort that was among the areas hit hardest by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed more than 8,000 people on the island.
The accident was likely to raise new questions about the safety of budget airlines in Southeast Asia, which have experienced rapid growth in recent years and often scramble to find qualified pilots. None of Thailand's budget airlines had previously suffered a major accident, but there have been several deadly crashes in Indonesia.
Many budget airlines use older planes that have been leased or purchased after years of use by other airlines. According to Thai and U.S. aviation registration data, the plane that crashed in Phuket was manufactured and put into use in 1983, and began flying in Thailand in March this year.
One-Two-Go Airlines began operations in December 2003 and is the domestic subsidiary of Orient-Thai Airlines, a regional charter carrier based in Thailand.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 10:48
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rmac, you ask too many questions for day two of an investigation. It is just as likely that One Two Go take round-trip fuel from Bangkok to Phuket so fuel shortage would not have been a factor. However, that is purely speculation on my part.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 11:46
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Thai language TV and news suggest approach was to 09

Looking at thai language newspapers and TV today, I note that TV Animations (and newspaper graphics) suggest that the incident approach was for 09. Time will tell.

Predominant wx at this time of the year is still sw monsoon, usually favouring 27. example METAR/TAF for today:
METAR: VTSP 171100Z 34004KT 3000 RA SCT010 BKN100 BKN300 24/22 Q1008 A2977
TAF: VTSP 170930Z 171212 24010KT 9000 SCT020 SCT120 BKN300 TEMPO 1216 24010G25KT 3000 TSRA/SHRA FEW016CB SCT020 BKN100
A sad day indeed.

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Old 17th Sep 2007, 12:11
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Should the PNL details and 'status' be on PPRuNe?
The details were widely distributed and published in the Thai press. Whilst posting a link to one of those outlets would have been preferable, there is nothing on PPRuNe which is not already in the public domain.
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Old 17th Sep 2007, 13:14
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windshear during go around?

It has happened before (july 2 1994, KCLT USA).

I think it is safe to assume the wx was worse than the METAR indicates.

That a go around is almost always the safest course of action.

But if windshear is encountered as the plane is being configured for go around, how ready would any pilot really be?
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