Some of you may remember the accident of Air Niugini flight 73, which crash landed in water on approach to Chuuk, Micronesia, on September 28, 2018.
The plane had a total of 47 people onboard, including 12(!!!) crew and 35 passengers. Unfortunately one passenger died in the incident and six were seriously injured.
The crash report of the incident was released this past week by the Accident Investigation Commission of Papa New Guinea. The plane landed about 460 meters short of the runway, and poor visibility due to bad weather led to the pilots relying on their instruments.
The report is pretty damning of the pilots’ performance. They repeatedly ignored warnings, didn’t properly brief for the approach, didn’t adhere to checklists, the co-pilot was ineffective by letting the captain make mistakes, etc.
One of the interesting things to come from this incident is that an engineer happened to be seated in the jumpseat, and he was filming the approach. He was doing this with a cell phone, presumably for fun, though it turned out to be a key piece of evidence in this incident.
Here’s a full screen video of the incident without any sound:
Meanwhile here’s the best quality video I could find with sound:
I mean… wow. This really makes you wonder what the pilots were thinking, especially as there were 17 enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) alerts, including eight “sink rate” and nine “glideslope” warnings.