Approaching stall at FL220
Interesting and relevant reading these days.
This is an example to illustrate that even very experienced pilots can make wrong decisions in flight.
Luckily they had altitude and there was no loss of separation with any aircraft. 15 passengers recieved minor injuries.
Photo credit: Seth Jaworski
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Location: Near Hong Kong
Date: April 7 th, 2017
Here is a short summary:
Stick shaker activated multiple times (approaching stall) in a holding pattern
Speed too low for the altitude (222 kts IAS at FL220)
Did not know how to use/understand FMC
Missing call outs from pilots
Altitude selector not activated
Decended below cleared level
Lack of knowledge/training
Captain, ATPL (Pilot flying) More than 24000 flight hours
First Officer, ATPL more than 16000 flight hours
Second Officer, CPL more than 8000 flight hours
I’m kind of shocked knowing this happened to such an experienced crew in the safest airline of the world.
What do you think?