Watchdog warns of autopilot landing risk

2013-11-19 08:44

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The Hague - A Dutch safety watchdog is warning about a potential risk when planes using autopilot and an airport's automated landing system approach a runway at too steep an angle.

The Dutch Safety Board said Monday that airport Instrument Landing Systems can give planes flying on autopilot inaccurate information.

The board says that's what happened during an incident at Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands this year during which a plane narrowly avoided stalling just before landing.

The board's warning, sent to aviation officials around the world, says that if a plane approaches a runway at greater than a three-degree angle, the airport system could tell the autopilot to raise the plane's nose, increasing risk of a stall.

An antenna type called "M-array" was a common factor in three incidents the board analyzed.

- Sapa-AP

Read more on:    flights  |  air travel  |  travel  |  travel international

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.