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Go Around or Aborted landing ?

Old 2nd Apr 2009, 01:14
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Go Around or Aborted landing ?

I am not sure where i should really post this but have no doubt that the mods will move it to the apropriate place .

Was just very curious as to what is the difference between a Go Around and an aborted Landing ?

Or are they the same thing ?

I was a passenger On A Ryanair Flight from Liverpool to Ibiza on Monday 30th March it was in fact Flight FR 6433.
Flight was pretty uneventfull untill descending into Ibiza Airport .

Visibility was ( in my opinion ) very poor , there was a lot of heavy rain and we where being bounced about quite a lot. Seemingly from side to side ( crosswinds ? )

We where on final aproach and our pilot had given the 10 minutes to land notice to cabin crew and we where descending as usual but at aprox 800ft our aircraft suddenly surged back upwards into the sky and we had to then circle the island 3 times before finally landing a good 25 minutes later.

t was a very unnerving 25 minutes .

Our Pilot told us not to be alarmed that there was'nt a problem with the aircraft but that the wind had very suddenly changed and that we where now having to land coming in to the airport from a different direction ( which we did ) and that we where goin to have to circle for at least 15 to 20 minutes before he could safely do this .

We where experiencing some nasty turbulence and the weather did appear to have deteriorated since we had commenced our original descent but once the captain came on i did feel re-assured ..

There where however a lot of very worried faces untill our wheels finally touched the runway in Ibiza.

There was an argument between two gentlemen sitting in front of me concerning our landing an the incident prior to us finally getting on the ground .

One guy said that the pilot had in fact aborted the landing and the other said it was in fact a typical case of a go around ?

This know it all guy also said that as the aircraft was ' light ' ie half full that meant that we where thrown about a bit more than usual .

Can any of you explain to me what the difference is - if any between the two statements made ?

and i would love to know if any of you could shed some light on the weather conditions at Ibiza Airport aproximatly 12pm monday afternoon .

I thought it was pretty nasty up there but im no expert .

best wishs to all and a big thank you to our pilot if he reads this ,
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 02:02
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A rejected (or aborted) landing usually involves an actual touchdown -- sometimes unintentional. Otherwise, it's a go-around.
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 02:25
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Aborted landings involve the A/C touching down, it is slightly different to a Go around as you may also recieve a take-off config warning as the A/C touches down and the thrust is in the TOGA region, this is due to the flaps being in the landing config and not the take off config. A horn or wailer may go off until the A/C is airborne again, or the flaps are selected to the takeoff position.
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 02:31
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The average passenger doesn't often get to experience a hold awaiting weather to stabilize. Sounds like some kind of storm front was passing causing the wind to start changing while you were on the approach. The flight crew would have waited for the new wind direction to become established, and, if there was any other traffic, wait in turn for the next approach.
So it would have felt bumpier than most are accustomed to. No big deal, though.
A go-around is an aborted landing. A missed approach is a go around from an instrument approach, with a particular path and climb gradient to be followed. Don't let the terminologies confound you. It all pretty much amounts to the same thing; the nose goes up, the power goes on, you climb, you don't land off that approach.
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 03:43
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I do not believe there is a clear distinction between the two other than possibly a go around above or below minimum decision hight. Above decision hight (safe decision) the PIC decides the conditions are not safe for landing. Below decision height a TOGA is initaited in response to unpredicted unsafe conditions.

Usually decision hight is 200ft agl.
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I'd actually characterise it as an "Aborted landing" if a go-around is carried out below the applicable IAP minima.

Obstacle clearences in the missed approach are predicated on a go-around from the minima, and so are not guarenteed if the go-around is initiated lower.

In the event of an engine-out go-around from below the minima, the engine-out takeoff procedure, rather than IAP missed approach procedure should be followed.

An go-around from after touchdown is usually refered to as a "Rejected landing".
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...and just to muddy the waters - I would have described that as 'breaking off the approach' in my PA.

If it was 'at 800' as you said, most companies require normal 'go-round' techniques to be used and an ASR filed for the records.

There was an argument between two gentlemen sitting in front of me concerning our landing an the incident prior to us finally getting on the ground .
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 14:48
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Thanks to all you Ppruner's ..

BOAC , Wizofoz , Cosmos2 , muduckace ,Tarq57 , SMOC , Intruder

To all of the above ...just wanted to say a big thank you for getting back to me .

I really do apreciate it especially as i can now go back to my friends ( some protesting they wont fly again ) with whom i was travelling and let them know what you guys have said .

Obviously none of us are professional pilots and our understanding of what actually happened on this particular descent was pretty limited .

I have nothing but the utmost regard for the Captain and First Officer , thought the pilots announcement was excellent as it did give me a lot more reassurance and confidence that we would land safely .

The Captain was the only calm amidst the storm !

How ever i am ashamed to say that at one stage i did in fact mutter the lords prayer under my breath and on more than one occaision

Which just might have had something to do with the young guy who is a steward for British Airways going thru the emergency procedure with his mum in the row opposite me !

I spoke to him after we got off the aircraft and he said he had'nt really experienced anythin like the weather what we went thru and i remarked " imagine bein in the drivin seat then " .

Thing is us SLF think if the hostys go quiet and look worried then we have definatly have something to worry about and when you have been gassin to someone who flys for a livin and they look panicky ya can't help but feel aprehensive .

The Ryanair girls and gals did look a bit grey when we got off !

I could honestly say that the weather was apalling and i have never experienced anythin as bad ad that whilst flyin into the balearics before .

so once again thank you ....
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Old 19th Apr 2013, 20:48
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Very interesting, this also happened to me flying into Ibiza with Ryanair on 13th April
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Old 20th Apr 2013, 09:05
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You mention that you landed on a different runway, this may be the reason for your hold.

If you were on approach for a runway (say runway 24) ATC has obviously planned for you to land there. If the pilots then report that the tailwind is unacceptable and go around ATC now have to allow a landing on 06. This can sometimes take a few minutes to arrange as any traffic going to 24 either has to depart or be switched to the other runway (which may include going on the runway and backtracking if there is no option to turn around on the taxiways). Approach will have to change their sequence over to the new runway, and while they do this there are a lot of restrictions to departures.

This may have been the main reason you were put in a hold, since ATC needs time to change the traffic around to a new runway, or maybe they had a few departures ready for the old runway wanting to go, then they would probably go first and only when they are clear can you leave the hold.


My point here is that there may have been more reasons for the hold than weather, if a runway change was indeed involved.
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Old 26th Apr 2013, 08:51
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Missed Approach = from DH / MDA
Go-Around = Below that, or from visual approach
Balked / Rejected Landing = Same as Go-Around, but performed either during touchdown or the a/c touches briefly during a very low go-around.

North American terms.
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Old 2nd May 2013, 04:55
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Missed Approach = from DH / MDA
Go-Around = Below that, or from visual approach
Rejected Landing = Same as Go-Around, but performed either during touchdown or the a/c touches briefly during a very low go-around(BALKED)



Well Done, I can assure that the statement above are correct and all 3 are distinct from each others not just in USA but EU land as well!

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Old 2nd May 2013, 12:31
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It all pretty much amounts to the same thing; the nose goes up, the power goes on, you climb, you don't land off that approach.
Unless you are in a Lion Air indonesia 737 of course. That descends gently into the sea at Bali
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