- Dec 3, 2017
I trained many ex IAF guys on B737NG and A320 and found them to be chutiyas of highest order. They came with lots of baggage and not open to change that. I nearly flew into a hill while flying between BLR-CMB route because I was training an Ex IAF guy to be the Captain on A320. He told me that he had been the head of ops in training command and knew the area like the back of his palm. He froze on controls the moment ACAS-2 sounded ground collision. I had given him the sector and he was senior to me in forces. But he froze and I took over controls. We escaped by just 450 feet from colliding with ground as shown by DFDR. I Pushed the throttles full forward to go around thrust and pulled back on stick and we had speed brakes deployed to meet the descent requirements to meet the needs to have a direct approach to land in Coimbatore. Airbus did a very fine thing to its FBW and created a solution for just one situation. In A320, if you push Go Around thrust, the speed brakes even if deployed, retract till the thrust is brought back to climd thrust detent.
Yup. In many ways it's a replay of the Bajpe airport tragedy in Mangalore a decade ago. In many ways that crash was worse . The table top runway there is on a hill . The drop there is a very steep one.Fatalities & injuries were high on that occasion.