Re: Korean Air 801 crashed on approach to Guam

Date:         08 Aug 97 05:41:21 
From:         Jack Cullen <yoda@daigobah.com>
Organization: WOMR-FM, 92.1MHz - OuterMost community Radio in Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA
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jf mezei wrote:
> 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 ?

There is no perspective to put the missing glide slope into -- it's a red
herring and is not a factor here!  It's been out for maintainance and
upgrade for about 3 or 4 weeks!

I've e-mailed friends based on GUM with Continental Micronesia and based
on what they say it seems to be, barring discovery of aircraft malfunction
or crew incapacitation, another tragic case of CFIT -- likely the result
of the crew's lack of accurate altitude awareness.  The question now is,
why was the crew not aware of how dangerously low their altitude was.

There could be any number of reasons for that -- from, on one extreme, a
conscious decision to descend below the specified minimum altitude to a
simple metric/English conversion error complicated by possible language
misunderstandings, or even an instrumentation error.  Until the reasons
are determined it should be understood that a professional flight crew
will not consciously place their aircraft in fatal jeopardy.  Many
accidents are the result of good decisions having been made based on flawed
or incomplete information -- and this one appears on the surface like it
might be exactly that.

--
Jack Cullen
West Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

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