I remember this one, it happened several years ago but I bring it now because the final report is out and it relates with an important thing that we have been discussing in this forum: pilot experience.
I don't remember a so sincere report regarding airline safety culture:
The primary cause was the flight crew's misjudgement, based on the weather information from all the preceding aircraft and Lukla Information, to enter into cloud patch on final wherein the aircraft encountered the rapidly uplifting fog on short final resulting in control flight into terrain.
Probable contributing factors have been:
- failure on the part of the regulatory body and company safety management to check the wrong practices being followed by pilots especially in STOL airfields like Lukla on a timely basis.
- Operator's priority of economical aspect over safety such as their unequal treatment between pilots landing in adverse weather and diverters, creating a 'Must Land' situation.
The captain (41, ATPL, 8,185 hours total, 7,180 hours on type) was pilot flyinghttp://avherald.com/h?article=40df1dd9/0011&opt=0