Sleep-Deprived Disasters - UPS FLIGHT 1354

05 Mar 21:42 | Comments (5080)

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Disaster: In the early morning hours of August 14, 2013, an Airbus A300 cargo plane owned by UPS Airlines (the airline of the United Parcel Service) crashed during its approach into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama. Two pilots were on board; both were killed. 

Sleep Deprivation: The investigation into the crash by the NTSB found that both pilots made a series of errors during their approach into the airport. They failed to properly configure the plane’s computer for a landing, they descended too rapidly, they failed to abort the landing attempt when it was clear that it was not safe—all of which led to the plane clipping treetops before the runway, which in turn caused the plane to crash into a hillside and explode.

The mistakes were attributed to fatigue. In the days leading up to the crash, both pilots, Captain Cerea Beal, 58, and First Officer Shanda Fanning, 37, had complained of being overworked.

Beal told a colleague, “These schedules over the past several years are killing me.”

And when the plane’s cockpit voice recorder was recovered the day after the crash, both pilots could be heard talking about their demanding work schedules, about how tired they were and even implying that UPS was more interested in saving money than in pilot safety.

“These people,” Beal said, “have no clue.” (Nobody at UPS Airlines was disciplined for the crash, but the NTSB required the airline to update their fatigue management plans.) 


Read more Sleep-Deprived Disasters in the Newsletter Vol III Issue 5 here https://www.aviationlogbook.eu/newsletters/58bc7bac61766925b70000af


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