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    747 at YHZ

    So, standard caveats; I never flew a 747, we don't know all the facts, etc, etc. The information, as I understand it, is that the aircraft was empty, that it had flown in from ORD and that the wind when they were arriving in the YHZ area was a direct crosswind and that it swung to a slight tailwind late in the approach. What's the landing distance for an empty 747 on a wet runway at sea-level? I don't know but I looked at a few online sources and 7700' should be long enough. The crew thought it was long enough. My feeling is that it will come down to; the tailwind component was stronger than anticipated and/or not accounted for correctly in the landing distance calculation, there was some mechanical fault either pre-existing or which presented itself during the landing or poor technique. The more interesting question for me is not why the aircraft overran the runway but why the crew chose to do that approach rather than an RNAV 23. Was the aircraft equipped for RNAV approaches, were the databases up to date, was the crew properly trained for RNAV approaches? The issue of the displaced threshold is significant. Flying an RNAV approach to a displaced threshold, at night, with no vertical guidance is not a trivial matter. Yes, a properly trained crew should be able to do this and other crews did it just before the accident. Personally, I think the ultimate "cause" of the accident will be whatever it was that prevented the crew from doing the RNAV 23; aircraft not properly equipped, crew not properly trained, company not having procedures for conducting a visual landing without vertical guidance. Some combination of these factors made the crew choose an ILS to a shorter, wet runway with a tailwind as being the better option.
  3. Jaydee

    Our Prime Minister

    No checks and balances...Trudeau just throws money at the mud walls hoping it sticks. Trudeau gave $41 Million of your money to Afghanistan to build a Veterans Hospital. That is one expensive mud hut, but thats okay he's is saving a ton of cash on the backs of Canadian Veterans. Billions in aid to Afghanistan wasted, including money from Canada, U.S. agency finds Billions of dollars in Western foreign aid to Afghanistan, including from Canada, has been lost to widespread waste, lax oversight and endemic corruption, a U.S. watchdog agency says. The U.S. Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report to Congress that aid money has gone to build medical clinics without electricity or water, schools without children and buildings that literally melted away in the rain. Also, corrupt local officials who were in charge of paying workers with some of the funds created what the audits called “ghost workers,” civilian bureaucrats, police and soldiers who did not exist, then kept or diverted money recorded as being paid to them. “There is a lot of corruption, [but] most of what we have identified are just head-smacking stupid programs and really poorly managed and no accountability. Nobody is really held accountable for wasting the money,” Special Inspector-General John Sopko said in an interview with The Globe and Mail. Unlike the United States, Canada does not independently audit the money it puts into Western trust funds for international aid. But Mr. Sopko said he is certain the problems he identified for U.S. taxpayers are the same for Canadian taxpayers. Nearly 2,400 U.S. soldiers have been killed fighting the Taliban, and 158 Canadians died before Canada pulled its combat troops out of Afghanistan in July, 2011. The Afghan government is still fighting intense battles across most of the country and millions of Afghans have been displaced. As the country became increasingly dangerous, Western countries pooled their aid dollars into trust funds managed by the World Bank, the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-billions-in-aid-money-for-afghanistan-wasted-us-agency-finds/
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  20. AIP

    747 at YHZ

    It was also dark and late in the night, other possible contributing factors.
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  23. conehead

    Lion Air Down

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  27. deicer

    Trump 2.0 Continues

    Judging by his actions rather than his words, it appears Trump has given up. Doesn't want to play president any more.... http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-absent-20181113-story.html
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