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29th May 2018, 13:19
Gatwick Aviation Society - Accident to Ariana Boeing 727 YA-FAR (http://www.gatwickaviationsociety.org.uk/YA-FAR.asp)
Over the past year in Australia there has been unprecedented hiring of pilots by major domestic jet transport operators, including Jetstar and Virgin Australia. This trend is set to continue. Some of these operators have set up their own schemes to recruit cadet pilots, who after suitable training with various flying schools, will undertake type rating training in full flight simulators. Meanwhile, experienced pilots from general aviation are currently being recruited by these airlines to be first officers. For those pilots transitioning for the first time from propeller to jet aircraft, reading the above accident report of a Boeing 727 trying to land in 100 metres visibility in fog should be useful for their professional development. There are hundreds of similar accident reports available via Google for those interested.

On 5 January 1969, an Ariana Afgan Airlines Boeing 727-100 crashed on short final of an ILS approach while attempting to land at London (Gatwick) during 100 metres visibility in fog. The report by the then British Accidents Investigation Branch (Report No. EW/C/303) should be compulsory reading by all pilots new to jet transport aircraft. One extract from this report is worth studying;especially that part about pilots that convert from piston to more complicated jet aircraft. Australian airline cadet and GA pilots note.

Quote: It is perhaps worth comment that it was noted during training that the commander has "a tendency to do routine flight deck duties himself at the expense of handling the controls" and that the co-pilot was "weak on instrument cross checks and forgets the check list". These are errors commonly noted when pilots convert from piston to more complicated jet aircraft. Doubtless they were attended to by the time the training was complete but if they were to re-appear at a time of stress or anxiety they could lead to an insufficiently high standard of flight deck management for operations in this type of aircraft. Unquote