Risky piloting caused the fatal crash of a classic airplane in the Swiss Alps over two years ago that killed all 20 individuals on board, an examination concluded Thursday.
The Junkers Ju 52 business airplane called “Iron Annie”, integrated in 1939 and run by Ju-Air, crashed on August 4, 2018.
The plane plunged nose down into the basin listed below Piz Segnas mountain in eastern Switzerland. Both pilots, 17 passengers and the flight attendant cum tour guide were eliminated.
The plane was on a flight across the Alps from Locarno in southern Switzerland to Dubendorf in the north.
The two pilots were both former flying force and airline company pilots who had often flown together in the previous 2 months.
The Swiss Transport Safety Examination Board stated the airplane began a left turn that became a downward spiral trajectory, and crashed within seconds.
” The pilots’ high-risk flying was a direct cause of the mishap,” the report concluded.
It stated that the aircraft went into a narrow valley at low altitude, with no possibility of an alternative flight course, and at a speed that was “dangerously low” in the circumstances.
As could have been anticipated, the plane encountered turbulence.
” The high-risk way of flying through these not unusual turbulences triggered the pilots to lose control of the airplane,” stated the report.
The plane went into a narrow valley at low elevation AFP/ Fabrice COFFRINI
” The aeroplane was flying too low to allow sufficient area to correct the circumstance, and as an outcome it almost vertically hit the ground.”
The corrugated steel and aluminium aircraft was built by the German company Junkers. It was used by the Swiss air defence corps prior to being decommissioned in 1981.
The report found that a number of underlying elements likewise contributed to the accident.
The centre of gravity in the aircraft was beyond the rear limitation on the flight due to insufficient preparation and mistakes in the Ju-Air software application.
The pilots, and other pilots when working for Ju-Air, had actually ended up being utilized to skirting the safety guidelines and taking high dangers, even with passengers on board.
Ju-Air did not recognise these threats or prevent its pilots from breaking the rules, and safety requirements had actually not been met for some time.
The Federal Office of Civil Aviation likewise failed to recognize security problems at Ju-Air.
The report discovered that the aircraft remained in an inappropriate mechanical condition, however this did not contribute to the mishap.
The report made 15 recommendations focused on enhancing aviation security.