Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A pilot mistyped his airplane"s weight into an iPad and caused the tail to
strike the ground during takeoff.
(Photo: iStock/Kokkai Ng)In some cases,
weight really does matter.
Like when you"re flying a plane.
A report released
today confirmed that a Qantas pilot mistakenly entered the wrong weight
information for the Boeing 737 passenger jet he was flying and caused the
plane"s tail to scrape the ground during takeoff from Sydney.
Though the
incident took place in August 2014, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has
only just concluded its investigation and released its report, which
determined that the pilot typed the wrong weight into an iPad that operated
the Boeing 737′s computer.
He entered"76,400 kg instead of 77,400 kg
— ten tons less than the actual weight — which caused the
aircraft to tip backwards and strike the runway when it took
off."Related:"Inside the R2-D2 Star Wars PlaneNone of the 152 passengers and
crew were injured when the tail struck the ground, which only caused a
"squeak" according to one crew member; at the time, the pilots couldn"t
confirm that it had really happened, even after going through various checks,
and so the flight continued its scheduled journey to Darwin.
It was only when
the plane landed (safely, we might add) that the captain noticed some scrapes
on the tail.
Related:"Flight Attendant Sues Airline Over Extreme
TurbulenceMore than a year later, the ATSB has figured out what happened, and
it comes down to human error.
At two separate points, humans entered wrong
information into the computer.
"Data input errors can occur irrespective of
pilot experience," the report stated.
And that"s fair enough.
But we"re glad
Qantas is incorporating more cross-checks into the system to prevent those
inevitable human errors from causing bigger problems.
Now what about enlarging
those iPad keyboards?
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</b>Though
the incident took place in August 2014, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau
has only just concluded its investigation and released its report, which
determined that the pilot typed the wrong weight into an iPad that operated
the Boeing 737′s computer..Though the incident took place in August 2014,
the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has only just concluded its
investigation and released its report, which determined that the pilot typed
the wrong weight into an iPad that operated the Boeing 737′s computer.

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