IAC recommends weighing the risks when admitting inexperienced pilots to control Boeing aircraft

The Interstate Aviation Committee prepared its recommendations, as a result of the investigation into the crash of a Flydubai’s Boeing 737-800 passenger plane at Rostov-On-Don Airport, Russia, on March 19, 2016 and advises airlines to weigh risks when inexperienced pilots are allowed to fly this type of aircraft. This is stated in the IAC’s final report, published on the IAC website.

“Given the position of the aircraft developer that the operational documentation of the Boeing 737-800 implies that pilots have previous experience with multi-engine jet aircraft (…), (it is recommended) to assess the risks of pilot admission to this type when it is the first multi-engine jet aircraft in pilot’s career,” the document reads. The IAC believes that, if necessary, changes should be made to the relevant regulatory documents, and suggest “to assess the applicability of this recommendation to other types of aircraft in operation.”

The report notes that the results of the investigation must be brought to the attention of flight personnel, personnel of training centers and specialists of air traffic services using special analysis. The IAC also recommends “to draw the attention of air navigation service providers to the need to strengthen the control and responsibility of instructors providing training for specialists, including the observance of the rules of radio exchange in English,” to organize jointly with weather forecast services and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise State ATM Corporation, order-building classes information on wind changes for aircraft crews.

Other recommendations

IAC made recommendations not only to the Russian aviation authorities, but also to Flydubai and Boeing. In particular, it was recommended that the airline conduct classes with the flight crew on the features of manual control of the stabilizer (force trim), together with the developers of the aircraft and the HGS system (information display system on the windshield), consider the feasibility of developing additional guidelines on how to use the HUD (information display indicator on windshield) at various stages of flight. In addition, the IAC advises airlines to consider the need to refine the training programs for flight crews, providing for the training of pilots with difficult spatial conditions, including zero gravity and negative overload conditions.

The Interstate Aviation Committee recommends The Boeing Company to consider the feasibility of implementing design measures to finalize the stabilizer control system, which reduces the risk of the pilot stabilizing the flight in flight at angles significantly different from the balancing ones.

Air crash in Rostov-On-Don

On March 19, 2016, the Flydubai’s Boeing 737-800 passenger plane (registration number A6-FDN), was operating its flight No. FZ-981 en route Dubai – Rostov-On-Don, and it crashed into the ground near the runway of the destination airport and collapsed. All 62 people on board died including 55 passengers and seven crew members. Landing took place in conditions of poor visibility and strong gusts of wind.

Source – https://www.aviaport.ru/

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