[News] Ryan Air
... the official report said that, some five miles out from the airport, the pilots noticed the plane was descending too quickly.
At one point, the plane was just 450ft (150m) above the ground while dropping at a rate of 500ft/sec, according to the interim report. The auto-pilot was deactivated and moments later an alarm sounded in the cockpit warning the pilots of the plane's proximity to the ground. ...
It must have been quite a ride
The eccentricities of Ryan Air are well known over here in the US. I can't imagine myself flying on it unless I was flying a short flight, no luggage and no carry-on.
Buckle Up. It makes it harder for the aliens to suck you out of your car.
Please tell me the DM got their ages wrong.
... almost crashed when landing at Memmingen Airport in Bavaria on September 23 when the 30-year-old pilot and his co-pilot, 29, tried...
... he conducted the "Terrain Avoidance Manoeuvre"...
He wasn't joking.
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
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not in ohio
said by the mail :
The report highlights a series of increasingly urgent warnings from the plane's 'Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System'.
said by a whale :
And wow! Hey! Whats this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like
ground! Thats it! Thats a good name ground!
I wonder if it will be friends with me?
Not a bad movie, my wife doesn't get it though....
not in ohio
It was a seriously excellent radio series, a fairly decent book, a bad TV series, and not much of a movie (in that order).
reply to EGeezer
As for the plane, the rate of descent at 450 feet was 30fps not 500fps:
...the plane was just 450ft (150m) above the ground....
A second later, the plane reached its lowest flight altitude of 450ft and a second after that the ground warning system barked: 'Terrain, Terrain. Pull up, pull up!'
Earlier it had been 500fps before the autopilot kicked out.
Too much "unexpected tail wind" will bring you down quick, which is why the controller wanted them to use runway 06 (East into the wind approach) instead of the pilots requested (and approved) Runway 24 (West downind).
The winds in the mountains vary quickly.