The ATSB is highlighting the importance of adhering to standard operating procedures following the release of a final investigation report into the hard landing of an ATR 72 airliner resulting from an unstable approach.
On 10 November 2017, ATR 72-212A VH-FVZ operating as Virgin Australia flight VA646 was arriving at Canberra Airport in conditions of light turbulence.
During the landing approach the first officer, who was the pilot flying, assessed that the aircraft was overshooting the desired approach profile. In response, at a height of 118 feet above the runway, he reduced engine power to idle, but this resulted in an abnormally high descent rate (in turboprop aircraft large propellers spinning rapidly in low pitch create a significant increase in drag). The aircraft captain, who was the pilot monitoring, identified that power was incorrectly set, and twice called for an increase in power before subsequently intervening and increasing power himself. This intervention, however, occurred too late to arrest the high rate of descent.
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