Date: 06 Aug 97 01:49:30 From: jf mezei <"[non-spam]jfmezei"@videotron.ca> Organization: VTL References: 1 2 Followups: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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Karl Swartz wrote: > to the crash, which occurred at 2:35 am local time in heavy rain. > NTSB chairman James Hall said the glide slope portion of the ILS was > not functioning. Could someone put this missing glide slope in perspective ? Just how important is it to a landing in darkness with little or no visibility ? What other instruments/information would have been available to the pilot to help him stay on track to the runway ? Is it plausible that the missing glide slope would have resulted in the plane being much lower than it should have been in its approach ? How common is it for the glide slope to be inoperational for airports that handle 747s on a daily basis ? Is this a no-brainer for pilots when it is missing, or does this require a lot more attention ?