The issue of crew coordination problems was brought to the forefront of airlines attention in a stunning way on March 27, 1977 when a KLM 747 and a
Pan Am 747 slammed into each other on the Tenerife runway. One of the causes was the lack of the KLM crew to speak up against the captain's decision
to takeoff, largely due to him being the airline training captain.
Over the years, there have been other accidents and incidents revolving around crew coordination, one of the most visible being the Asiana 777 crash
in San Fransisco, but the overall trend has been improving coordination.
Now we're seeing a reversal of that trend. There have been a number of incidents and accidents in recent months that were a direct result of poor crew
A Qatar 777-300ER suffered significant damage to the aft fuselage during a takeoff overrun in Miami, and continued on to Doha.
Now there are two more reports of incidents resulting in significant damage to the aircraft.
US Airways 1702 was taxiing for departure in Philadelphia, in March 2014, when the captain noticed the wrong runway had been entered for the takeoff
calculations. When the correct runway was put in, not all the information was entered, resulting in a throttle not set warning on takeoff. When the
first officer called out the warning, the captain countered that they were. The aircraft reached 160 knots and rotated, when the captain decided it
wasn't safe, and performed a high speed abort.
The aircraft slammed down on its nose gear, resulting in the gear collapsing. The aircraft skidded to a stop on the runway.
The other was a Carpatair ATR attempting to land in Rome. In this case, the first officer had approximately 15 hours on type, while the captain had
9600 hours. The captain, who was flying was convinced he could land with no problem.
The crew was notified of crosswinds gusting to 37 knots, which exceeds limits on the aircraft. The crew flew the approach at 130 knots, opposed to
the normal 118 knots. The aircraft hit at 2.6 degrees nose down, at which point the first officer pulled back, while the captain pushed forward on the
The aircraft bounced, and ended up slamming into the bottom of the fuselage and spinning 180 degrees. Skidding off the runway, into the grass.
This is something that the airlines have to get under control fast. These accidents are only a fraction of the incidents caused by this, most
fortunately, not resulting in no injuries or damage to the aircraft, but it's only a matter of time before we see another Tenerife if they don't get
it under control.
edit on 1/12/2016 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)