Pilot error confirmed in CAL crash-landing here in 2011

The cause of the Caribbean Airlines Flight Number 523 crash-landing on June 30, 2011 has been found to be pilot error.

The Flight 523 Final Report on the Caribbean Airlines crash was submitted to government and made the conclusion of pilot error, according to Presidential Advisor Gail Teixeira. “The cause of the accident was the aircraft touching down far beyond the touchdown zone due to the captain maintaining excess power during the flare and not using the airplane’s full deceleration capacity, resulting in the aircraft over running the pavement and fracturing the fuselage”, she said, according to GINA.

The earlier contention of “pilot error” by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) was supported by the findings of the crash report, Teixeira said during a post-Cabinet media briefing at Office of the President today.

Several organisations participated in the accident’s investigation including the National Transportation and Safety Board of America, the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight (CASSOS), Caribbean Airlines, Trinidad and Tobago’s Civil Aviation Authority and the Boeing Aircraft Company, GINA said.

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft crash landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at 01:32hrs on July 30, 2011. The aircraft stopped short of a ravine, its nose cone segment breaking off. All 163 people aboard including six crew members survived. Several persons were injured including a man who later had a limb amputated.

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