Teenager survives Yemenia Airways Flight 626 crash

Posted on 30. Jun, 2009 by in Featured

After reading a child of 3 or 5 had survived the crash of IY-626, I wondered how a small child could tread water all night. It seemed unlikely, so I did not initially report it. There was in fact a survivor; however she was 14 years old, not 3. Sergeant Said Abdela, a member of the Comores armed forces, particpated in the rescue. He reports the girl is talking and “OK”. That alone is miraculous and also shows that the Airbus 310 impacted at a relatively low speed.

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  1. Rick 30 June 2009 at 10:55 #

    I’m guessing the go-around and radio exchanges with the tower might offer a lot of clues on this. The fact there’s even one survivor is telling also…perhaps a controlled ditch? Loss of power, perhaps? Only speculating…thinking out loud.

  2. Chip 30 June 2009 at 12:04 #

    I suspect a loss of SA (situational awareness) on probably one of the most intensive manuvers in aviation, a go around. In english I think it a case of CFIT (controlled flight into terrain). I’m getting intel that a lot of operators will only go in during the day.

    OBTW: the aircraft was banned from French airspace (the possibility of maint issues is obvious). See my latest, this is the unfortunate dirty little secret of the airline industry. I have a lot of experience in airlines in Africa, you would be horrified!

  3. Rick 30 June 2009 at 13:44 #

    Two weeks ago I was at a FAA sponsored safety seminar. The subject was runway situational awareness. After listening to many suggestions from different pilots regarding identifying the correct runways, I asked if anybody else didn’t follow the golden rule of putting your heading bug on runway heading. It appeared that almost nobody else did!! I was very surprised at that. I find that this practice also is quite helpful in manuevers staying in the pattern to maintain SA, especially on downwind to base when you just can’t see the rwy…so obviously it would be helpful in a go-around.

  4. Chip 1 July 2009 at 12:15 #

    I use everything available to me. And I’ve always taught my students the same. On app/landing I’ll have GPS/ILS everything set for the runway. At an airport like DFW with multiple runways (5 paralells south/north) it really helps on a dark night. We always use the heading bug.

    In fact I used it at the ship too, back in the day. I’d set the bug to the reciprocal heading of the ship, so that when I came in for the carrier break I’d just pull to the bug and steady up going 180 out (downwind). with nothing but water you had no other reference.

    Of course I much preferred the 500 knot break at the bow. 5 g’s to the abeam, 90 degrees angle of bank, gear flaps down (250 KIAS) ease the turn to 60 degrees angle of bank pull for the 90 degree position of the pattern, ease the turn to 30 degrees angle of bank, wings level inthe groove, a couple of power corrections then snag (hopefully) the three wire. I miss the fun stuff!

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