Air Transport World

Pilot error cited in report on RJ crash.

The flight crew's inability to execute a last-minute missed approach into Fredericton Airport in New Brunswick during heavy fog was the primary cause of the crash of an Air Canada regional jet in December 1997, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has ruled.

In its final report, the board found that the accident occurred after the first officer of the Canadair CRJ tried to land but was ordered by the captain to abort the landing only a few seconds away from the runway. The captain ordered the maneuver because he felt the aircraft had veered too sharply to the left and would run off the runway, which is what happened.

The board said the crew was not trained to carry out the high-risk maneuver. …

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