Co-pilot of crashed AI plane urged pilot to abort landing
A probe into the Mangalore air crash, which killed 158 passengers, shows that the co-pilot urged the pilot to abort landing and turn around but his plea was ignored, according to media reports.delhi Updated: May 31, 2010 10:50 IST
A probe into the Mangalore air crash, which killed 158 passengers, shows that the co-pilot urged the pilot to abort landing and turn around but his plea was ignored, according to a media report.
According to the cockpit voice recording, when Captain Habinder Singh Ahluwalia realised that the plane was too high and it was unsafe for a landing, he warned the pilot, Captain Z Glusica at least twice against landing.
An Air Traffic Control source told Times Now that the pilot, Captain Glusica, did not follow the standard operating procedure.
Ahluwalia, familiar with the Mangalore strip as he was based there and had landed there 66 times, voiced his concern when the aircraft was about 800 feet high.
The warning had come well before the aircraft had descended below decision height - the critical level at or before which a final decision on whether to land or go around is to be taken, media reports said.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has guidelines for cockpit resource management (CRM) that makes it mandatory for commanders to listen to their comparatively less experienced co-pilots as they may also have something valid to say.
Sources said preliminary probe is indicating that the crew realized they may not be able to stop in the remaining airstrip and attempted to take off again. But it was too late by then.
First Published: May 31, 2010 10:41 IST