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Mc Donnell Douglas MD83 Serious Incident On Approach

This serious incident resulted from the decision to put the airplane into descent when, as a result of a display error, it was neither on the localizer track nor on the glide path, and with no context defined for this improvised manoeuvre. The importance that AOM attached to accelerated training given to new co-pilots and to undertaking commercial flights contributed directly to the incident. Other contributory factors were: - the pilot’s fatigue; - the imbalance in the flight crew, made up of a very experienced instructor and an under-trained co-pilot, which led to the abrupt disappearance of teamwork and procedures the moment the workload increased; - airplane warning system ergonomics and a fault in the automatic pilot system.

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