|Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 08 2013 @ 09:41 PM EDT|
|You wrote (some posts above)|
>> Also They were doing a straight approach from 18 thousand feet.
Not a lot of visual cues to acquire valid visual altitude reference, or to
recheck during the approach. <<
The tracking data shows not a straight in approach, but a normal
approach turning thru three 90 degree banked turns during descent,
with plenty of visual clues in excelllent weather.
Unless by "straight" approach you meant "normal",
in which case I apologise.
Final approach on runway alignment was established at 4300 feet altitude
13 nm out, after which the rate of descent was sometimes greater than
normally expected. But the aircraft does not seem to be significantly below
glidepath until below 1000 feet according to
Which also shows an anomalous approach of the same flight number
the day before the crash.
There have been several press comments about the pilot's previous
experience in 747 being a longer, higher airplane which may have
affected his visual PoV. IMO such experience should have caused
him to come in high and long in a smaller plane. Landing speed
for the two planes seems about the same.
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