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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A plane carrying 59 people skidded off a wet runway and into the Caribbean Sea in Colombia, causing minor injuries to seven, aviation officials said.
Yes, they have had heavy rain on that area for some days, and the runway was not completed after the last works were done, they did not made the perpendicular grooves on the runway that help to avoid the sliding of the wheels on the wet surface.
Originally posted by deaman88
Was the runway wet from rain?
Originally posted by jra
So no, I don't believe it's pilot error Mirthful Me (or anything to do with it being an Airbus like some one suggested). Seems more like a bone headed business management error in my opinion.
Experts puzzled Thursday over why a jetliner raced down a runway instead of slowing down before it crashed in a fireball that killed 189 people — an accident that set off a fierce debate over whether to close Brazil's busiest airport.
Security video released by the air force showed TAM Flight 3054 speeding down the tarmac more than four times as fast as other planes landing around the same time. That raised the possibility of pilot or mechanical error instead of a slick and short runway widely cited as a likely cause.
Originally posted by Mirthful Me
The final assessment will be a long time coming, but this may indicate it was in fact... Pilot error. There can be no argument that a variety of factors contributed to this accident, and a long hard look at future of this airport and which aircraft can service it is sorely needed.
Originally posted by uberarcanist
So, somewhere around 150 people died because of a crappy runway...nice. Who's up for a tourism boycott of Brazil?
Tam Airlines' comments came after Brazil's Globo TV said a problem with the right thrust reverser had emerged four days before the crash.
Tam said Airbus's own manual says an inspection can be done up to 10 days after it is first detected and that the plane can continue to operate in the meantime.
They also say that the fact that one of thrust reversers is not working adds around 55 metres to the landing distance on a wet runway.
Originally posted by apex
Wait, I just reread, I misread it the first time. AIRBUS said it could operate for ten days like that!!??