Here's another gem. Final report on Jazz DH8A at Sault Ste Marie on Feb 24th 2015, touched down short of runway.
Captain, 12,000 hours total, 9,000 hours on type was pilot flying. First officer 6630 hours total, 1,300 hours on type, was pilot monitoring.
Lots of hours.
- The company standard operating procedures require an approach speed of Vref + 5 knots; however, this is being interpreted by flight crews as a target to which they should decelerate, from 120 knots, once the aircraft is below 500 feet. As a result, the majority of examined approaches, including the occurrence approach, were unstable, due to this deceleration.
- If guidance provided to flight crews allows for large tolerance windows, and crews are not trained to recognize an unstable condition, then there is a continued risk that flights that are unstable will be continued to a landing. [I would say an elevated risk]
- If approaches that require excessive deceleration below established stabilization heights are routinely flown, then there is a continued risk of an approach or landing accident. [Again, elevated risk]
So, great testimonial for Jazz there. But also a rather clear depiction of a very experienced flight crew unable to recognize an unstable approach.