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#OnThisDate in #Aviation: Jan. 17, 2008, @British_Airways Flight 38 crashed just short of the runway @HeathrowAirport. Thanks to the incredible training and professionalism of all involved, plus a little luck, there were no fatalities. #AvGeek #Safety #BA38 (Thread)
AUDIO: Listen to the chilling ATC recording of the #BA38 incident.

The calm and cool professionals in the @HeathrowAirport Tower, along with the rest of their @NATS colleagues, performed exceptionally. #Heroes

LISTEN: > > >

#AvGeek #Safety
INSIGHT: To better understand the #BA38 event from the inside, you can read @NATS' post "MAYDAY MAYDAY – The untold story of BA38 from the controller on duty."

> > > nats.aero/blog/?p=14145

#AvGeek #ATC
The first symptoms of the fuel flow restriction were noticed by the flight crew at 720 feet of height and 2 miles of distance from touchdown, when the engines repeatedly failed to respond to a demand for increased thrust from the auto-throttle. #BA38 #AvGeek
Trying to maintain the glide slope, the autopilot sacrificed speed, which reduced to 108kts at 200ft. The autopilot disconnected at 150 feet, as the co-pilot took manual control. The captain reduced the flap setting from 30 to 25 degrees to decrease drag & stretch the glide.
THE PILOT POV: Capt. Peter Burkill and his crew had mere seconds to assess the situation and react. Their choices, based on training and instinct, saved the lives of all aboard #BA38.

Watch Capt. Burkill describe his experience: > > >

#AvGeek #Safety
During the impact and ground roll, the nose gear collapsed, the right main gear separated from the aircraft, penetrating the central fuel tank and cabin, and the left main gear was pushed up through the wing.

#BA38 #AvGeek

(Photo: Connor Wallace)
INSIDE BA38: Gus Macmillan (@Gusmac66), a #BA38 passenger, provided a first-hand account of the incident.

'As I rose from my seat, I knew that I had taken a hit'

Read it here: > > > goo.gl/mSm6H9

You can also check out Gus' band: bluegrassyknoll.com
Thankfully, incidents like #BA38 are rare. The key is to ensure we learn from them to improve #safety. We begin not with conjecture, but with the official report:

Aircraft Accident Report AAR 1/2010 - Boeing 777-236ER, G-YMMM goo.gl/ZZuoSc

Our goal is to showcase the ways in which #aviation has become better and safer based on the learning. We welcome comments and insights from those in industry: Pilots, First Responders, ATC Pros, Safety Experts...

The #BA38 summary report: goo.gl/FbgKM1

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