"The crew decided to go through with the jet, which is fully in line with ryanair’s policy," company spokesman stephen mcnamara said in dublin on monday. The automatically controlled warning systems were activated only after the machine had been started up. "The crew terminated the operation and landed a short time later completely normal."
The "spiegel" had reported on the weekend that the plane with 141 people on board had only narrowly escaped a catastrophe on its way from manchester to memmingen and had lost altitude too quickly about seven kilometers from the airfield. In its preliminary report, the federal bureau of aircraft accident investigation (BFU) writes that the lowest altitude was just under 140 meters before the 30-year-old pilot pulled the plane up again.
The AAIB classifies the incident of 23. September as a "heavy sturgeon. A "serious incident" is defined by the aircraft accident investigation act as "an occurrence during the operation of an aircraft, the circumstances of which indicate that an accident had almost occurred.".
According to the BFU report, the crew decided to land on a different runway than originally planned due to shorter taxiways during the flight and requested visual flight. The plane had taken off with a delay of almost half an hour in manchester. Time pressure plays a major role at ryanair, said the spokesman for the cockpit pilots’ association, jorg handwerg. "The extremely short ground times make it impossible to make up for delays. This puts pilots under immense pressure and then mistakes happen."
It is not unusual for an aircraft to approach a smaller airfield in visual flight, said handwerg. But the concentration of the pilots seems not to have been particularly high. The crew did not realize until very late how close the plane was to the ground. "Afterwards, however, they did everything right."The irish airline has been in the headlines several times recently because of alleged safety deficiencies.