Final Report B738 (VT-JFA) vicinity Trivandrum India, 18 Aug 2015

Final Report B738 (VT-JFA) vicinity Trivandrum India, 18 Aug 2015

Publication info
Author
AAIB (India)
Category
Human Factors Weather Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Date of publication
29/09/2016
Date for review
01/05/2018

On 18 August 2015, a Boeing 737-800 made three unsuccessful ILS approaches at Cochin around dawn then diverted to Trivandrum where a day VOR approach was unsuccessful and a MAYDAY was declared due low fuel. Two further supposedly visual approaches were attempted there before a third such visual approach - which involved ignoring EGPWS PULL UP Warnings in IMC - was followed by a successful landing with 349kg fuel remaining. The Investigation found that aircraft safety had been jeopardised and that Cochin ATC had not communicated information on the deteriorating weather at Trivandrum. Relevant operator procedures were considered as inadequate.

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