From: "Joseph D. Farrell" <erisajd@Neca.com> Organization: Benefits Litigation Concepts Date: 21 Nov 95 01:19:24 Followups: 1 2 3 4
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For those of you who may have heard of this, on 12 Nov @ 01.45 local an AA MD80, operating as AA1572 ORD-BDL clipped the top of a ridge, shearing off 13 feet of tree-tops making an approach to RWY 15 @ BDL. There is NO published instrument approach to this Runway. Their is a VOR/TACAN approach to R15 which requires a minimum altitude of 2000 feet at 10 miles decreasing to 1080 feet at the point at which the impact with ground 720 AGL/780 feet above tree-tops. My problem with this is that at that time winds were 120-160, 25kts gusting to 44 kts, and the ceiling was 740 feet. What oin gods green earth were the pilots doing accepting a nonI-LS approach into these conditions with the obstacle less than 4 miles from their touchdown with only a working localizer. I'm sorry, but this was not a safe approach into these conditions, it may be legal since the controllers cleared the a/c, but was it safe is another issue. Check the BDL R15 VOR/TACAN approach in the Terminal Procedures pubs, for this a/c legal minimums were NOT available at the time of the final approach.