Fri, Jan 30, 2004
Pilots "Failed To Follow Proper Landing
On Tuesday, the government commission in Uzbekistan, which is
investigating the airliner accident in that country last month,
blames the crash on pilot error.
The report contends the crew aboard the Uzbekistan Airways
Yak-40 jet failed to follow proper landing procedures, even though
heavy fog limited visibility at Tashkent's international airport at
The three-engine jet, bound from the town of Termez on the
Afghan border, overshot the runway and crashed near the airport,
killing all 37 people on board, including the head of the U.N.
The crew didn't actually see the runway at the minimum height
required but continued landing anyway, "overestimating its
professional skills," the commission said. Apparently realizing
their mistake, the pilots tried to climb again. The plane then
crashed into a concrete wall surrounding the airport.
The commission said the plane was in good technical condition
and the crew had been properly trained. Prosecutors have opened a
criminal probe, the commission said.
Uzbekistan Airways has suspended all flights of Yak-40s since
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